A Christian who recognizes reality January 11, 2009Posted by rationalskeptic in Constitution.
Tags: Constitution, Founding Fathers, Preachers
James Evans is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Auburn, and writes a weekly column for the Montgomery Advertiser. He is more open minded than the typical pastor, and gets a lot of criticism from local readers. It is refreshing to hear a Baptist preacher admit the reality of a given situation or issue even if it conflicts with his beliefs.
This week his column is titled “The Founders Got it Right,” and he mentions the fact that our country was not founded as a Christian nation. Although, I completely disagree with all of his metaphysical beliefs, of course, if more Christians were like Evans our country would be much better off.
Here is Thomas Jefferson on Christianity:
“It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one. But this constitutes the craft, the power and the profit of the priests.” — Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1803
Creeds have been the bane of the Christian church … made of Christendom a slaughter-house.” — Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Waterhouse, Jun. 26, 1822
Last but not least:
And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.” — Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, Apr. 11, 1823
James Evans: The Founders Got it Right
“For many Christians there exists a prevailing mythology that America was established as a Christian nation. They envision the founders sitting around trying to put the language of Scripture into the framework of the Constitution. But the myth, while powerful and certainly durable in the imaginations of many believers, is just that — imaginary.”