“I am a Real Christian”: The Religious Views of Thomas Jefferson (Part 1 of 4)

Thomas Jefferson

  Jefferson’s personal history…disgraceful conduct…reputation for free thinking and loose morality is admitted.[1] “An atheist and fanatic.”[2] “[His] knowledge of and admiration for the teachings of Jesus have never been equaled by any other president.[3] “Jefferson’s religion…was misunderstood…criticisms came from those who knew neither Jefferson nor his religious beliefs.”[4]   It’s been two centuries since…

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John Howland: How One Pilgrim’s Miracle Rescue Created One of America’s Greatest Family Trees

  Consider this diverse list of notable Americans: U.S. politicians and leaders H.W., G.W. and Jeb Bush, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sarah Palin Poets Henry Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Actors Humphrey Bogart, Alec and Stephen Baldwin, Chevy Chase, Anthony Perkins and John Lithgow Childcare expert Dr. Benjamin Spock Founder of Mormon religion Joseph…

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July 8, 1835: The Day a Judge, the Liberty Bell and the Founding Era Ended

John Marshall

One night a stranger sought refuge in a rural tavern. Exhausted from his travels, the hungry, unkempt visitor longed for solitude. However, the man quickly realized he had interrupted a debate regarding the “merits of the Christian religion.” In a long, contentious argument, several young men discussed biblical truth related to Christ’s divinity and God’s…

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America the Republic: Why We Were Never Constituted as a Pure Democracy

Plato

Lately, there’s been a lot of chatter about our democracy or democratic  form of government. Some political commentators use fear to suggest our “democracy is in peril” if certain people from the opposing political party are elected. Unfortunately, this type of fear mongering has been around since America was constituted. The problem with that critique?…

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John Quincy Adams: The Hell Hound of Slavery

The Hell Hound of Slavery

It’s one thing to be a “career politician.” It’s quite another to be so influential that your very presence commands respect, honor and adoration. But John Quincy Adams was a “cut above the rest” type of man. In fact, few American leaders have exceeded the contributions of John Quincy Adams, the lawyer son of Founding…

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Alexis De Tocqueville: The French Man Who Saw America’s Past, Present and Future

“[It’s] the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written.”[1] That’s how one historian described Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America; a work many consider among the most influential literary works of the 19th century. Published in two volumes between 1835 and 1840, Alexis…

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