A reader recently challenged the popular assumption that the Constitution was based on Judeo-Christian principles, making the oft-repeated Jefferson statement that the government should not officially support any religion. However, that principle ignores John Adams repeated assurance on the subject. Since Adams was a vital part of authoring the Constitution, his words on the subject should weigh importantly on the subject. He said, in response to a citizen’s question on the subject: “We have written a constitution for a civil and religious people. It will likely not work for any other kind.” Since our original communities were peopled by Christian peoples from many dominantly Christian countries, it is reasonable to assume early American communities were predominantly Christian and therefore religious. So, yes, I believe our Constitution was based on Christian principles.
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