The Founders' views on Faith: Day 2

The Birth of the Nation – It Really Was Forged in Faith

By Rod Gragg


Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-177

What would America’s founders say about the constant challenges to traditional expressions of faith in our contemporary culture?  How would they view a court ruling opposing national days of prayer? Legal attempts to tear down a memorial cross at a veterans’ cemetery? Bans against Christmastime manger scenes at local fire stations? Attempts to prohibit senior citizens from saying grace over meals paid for by their tax dollars?  What would they react upon learning that posting the Ten Commandments in a public school is now a criminal act?

The voices of our founders are not silent today; just overlooked – and sometimes obviously ignored.  From the first successful English colony at Jamestown in 1607 to passage of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the American people and their leaders held a common unifying bond – the Judeo-Christian worldview.  From its very beginning, America was founded by people of the Book -- Anglicans, Puritans, Baptists, Catholics, Quakers, Jews, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Dutch Reformed and others.  In the 1600s and 1700s, they spilled into America, and while they reflected a remarkable melting pot diversity, they were molded, motivated and unified by a common, Bible-based worldview.

It was upon this commonly held Judeo-Christian worldview that they crafted our culture, drafted our laws, gave us our government and founded our freedoms.  The evidence of their original intent continues to speak to us from history, if we just take the time to look and listen.  Bible-based faith wasn’t just an important influence in the formation of America – it was the influence.  Pilgrims and Puritans in New England; Baptists in Rhode Island; Quakers in Pennsylvania, Catholics in Maryland; Jewish minorities in New York, Philadelphia and Charleston; Presbyterians, Lutherans, Dutch Reformed and others in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina;  Anglicans in Virginia, South Carolina and elsewhere – all made America a nation founded on faith.

Despite theological distinctions, denominational differences and various levels of personal devotion, the Americans of the Colonial Era – the people who birthed our nation – shared the Judeo-Christian worldview as a common consensus. They viewed it as a rock-solid foundation for the future, and on it, they built our nation.  From it, they declared their devotion to  “unalienable rights” – God-given rights – which they identified as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That common consensus – that biblically-based worldview – was the cherished belief system on which the Continental Congress constructed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence,” John Adams later recalled, “were the only principles on which that beautiful assembly of young men could unite, and…what were these general principles?  I answer, the general principles of Christianity.”

That’s why the Declaration of Independence states up front: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   The national motto of the United States of America proclaims, “In God We Trust” – and rightly so.  That’s our history – and the historical evidence is extensive, clear and compelling.  America was forged in faith.


 


Rod Gragg is the author of Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation, 1607-1776, which is newly published by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, and is available wherever books are sold.

About the Book:  An extraordinary new book by award-winning historian Rod Gragg unveils the unique, fascinating story of faith and the founding of America. Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation, 1607-1776 (Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster) is a powerful, sweeping panorama that chronicles the influence of the Judeo-Christian worldview on the people and events that forged our nation from Jamestown to the Declaration of Independence. Exhaustively researched and extensively documented, Forged in Faith is a history book that unfolds with the pace and readability of a novel.

About the Author:  A former journalist, historian Rod Gragg is director of the Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of history.  His works have earned the Fletcher Pratt Award, the James I. Robertson Award and other honors, and have been selected for the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club and the Military History Book Club.

Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

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