reply to post by redneck13
Except that most of the Founders were deists who believed God was a sort of grand architect. Here on ATS a big deal is often made about how many
Founders were masons, and the Great Seal has the Eye of Providence (or Eye of God) looking down on a pyramid. This is because masons are generally
deistic, the G in the compass and rule symbol also represents the grand architect.
Thomas Jefferson, the primary author for the Declaration, was a deist, though he certainly had a fondness for Jesus' moral teachings he seems to have
rejected the supernatural elements of the story (the Jefferson Bible excludes Jesus' miracles). Jefferson believed in questioning religious beliefs
and there were even attacks against him before his election to the Presidency calling him an infidel based on his deism.
"Fix Reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because,
if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear. ... Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its
consequences. If it end in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise
and in the love of others which it will procure for you." -- (Jefferson's Works, Vol. ii., p. 217)
When they got around to replacing the articles of confederation with the Constitution the Founders were very careful to craft a Constitution that
allowed religious liberty for all and kept the State from setting up a government supported Church (or religious institution of any kind).
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