Phil Webster has a passion for communicating the Christian worldview of the Founding Fathers to this generation. His book 1776 Faith shows the Christian worldview of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, other Founders, the days of prayer for the nation, the original state constitutions which had a place for God, instances of Divine Providence on the young nation, the Christian colleges of the era, the effect of the Great Awakening on the Founders and the Christian music of the era.
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Many people have the misconception that nothing happened on the Delmarva Peninsula during the American Revolution. On the contrary, my friend, every community had to struggle in one way or another during the struggle for independence. The population at the time turned out to be approximately one third patriot, one third Tory and the other third in the middle ground. Soldiers from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia played a huge role in the Continental Army in battles in the North and South.
Most Marylanders (let alone the rest of the country) do not realize that Maryland has the unique privilege of flying their flag at the same height as the United States’ flag because of the sacrifice of Maryland soldiers at the battle of Brooklyn. Delmarva soldiers fought at Brooklyn, Kip’s Bay, Harlem Heights, Fort Washington, Washington Crossing, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point and Paulus Hook. That sounds like enough right there but in 1780 they were called upon to march south to the Carolinas and fight eventually at Camden, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, the Race to the Dan, Hobrick’s Hill, Ninety Six, Eutaw Springs and Yorktown.
1787 Faith is a follow-up on his other book, 1776 Faith, which documented the Christian worldview of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Some may concede that the Founders were Christian during the war for Independence but that the Constitution is totally godless; that there is no room whatsoever for God in government. This book shows that the Constitution and those writing it had a Christian worldview (at least 36 of 39 signers).
It goes on to show how the government under the Constitution dedicated itself to God in New York City at St. Paul’s Chapel on April 30, 1789.
Why do all 50 states mention God in their state constitutions? What would the man who presided over the Constitutional Convention say about faith in God?
Does the First Amendment say “Freedom of Religion” or “Separation of Church and State?”