God's Nation Essay

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God's Nation
The United States of America has long been known as a pious country with references to God in phrases such as "In God We Trust" and "One nation under God." Many evangelicals consider these clichés to be affirmations that the United States was founded on Christian ideals. Some historians and scholars also debate that America's Founding Fathers' underlying reason for the First Amendment's notion of separation of church and state was to prevent their new nation from becoming a puppet of a church, as was the case of the Anglican Church in England. What many people do not know is that a great majority of the Founders were not practicing Christians, but followed much more freethinking philosophical schools. Many liberal
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Most Christian denominations consider Unitarians as being non-Christian. Madison once commented that "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries" (qtd. in Haught, 98). It is quite clear that Madison wanted nothing to do with religion, more specifically, Christianity, in matters of the state. Those statements also could have been considered heresy at the time.
Many may believe that Madison's stance on separation of church and state was simply a practical idea, not a complete disregard for organized religion. This was because at the time of the American Revolution, institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church in England held a great deal of political power in the kingdoms and governments of Europe. It is true that Madison argued against the adoption of a state-sponsored church for this reason. Indeed, many of Madison's contemporaries protested that in order to maintain political objectivity, the state must not recognize or promote a specific Christian denomination or church. Many believe that to be the sole reason for the First Amendment's notion of separation of church and state. However, Madison asserted to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785 (before the drafting of the Constitution) "During almost fifteen

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