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Thursday, February 18, 2010

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David

Christ is in our midst!

It would be very interesting to get Dr. Smith's comments regarding Freemasonry and the Founders.

Related Post - Read not only the below posts but the conversation in the comments as well.

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Brian

"The truth lies between these two positions." Indeed it does. It's about time that I give you credit--you're showing a bit of the truth between those positions.

One time in college, I did research for a paper on African-American jeremiads. I found that even many white people shared the convictions of the black authors of jeremiads to some degree. Even the most famously deistic founding father, Thomas Jefferson, has this quote attributed to him on the issue of slavery: "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

Drjs

As a high school history teacher, it's good to know (but unpopular to state) that our Founders had clearly revealed their various shades of theism, but such theological shades of meaning between a "warm" deism and outright theism is lost on most school boards, let alone other teachers or parents. In their rush to divide church and state (only a single reference in the Federalist Papers!), secular believers often overlook the appeal to (usually) Divine authority that most patriots considered essential not only to revolutionary success, but long term survival of a democratic nation. (They should instead recall the intro to the Declaration, supposedly penned by Jefferson, long honored as a zealot Deist.) This truly is an important difference as it informs the later 1st and 2nd Great Awakenings, as well as issues coming out of these movements, such as temperance, the women's movement, the general evolution of American religious thought, and of course, slavery. Keep up the good work, Dr. Scott.

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