Category: Foundations

Presbyterian Patriotism In the Founding of America

“The principal matter recommended by the faction in New England, was an union of the congregational and presbyterian interests, throughout the Colonies…Thus the Presbyterians in the southern Colonies, who, while unconnected in their several congregations, were raised into weight and consequence; and a dangerous combination of men, whose principles of religion and polity were equally averse to those of the established Church and Government, was formed.” – Joseph Galloway, Loyalist, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly

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The Framers and Associations: The Right to Assemble

If there was one element of a democratic society that Madison feared the most was the potential for violent factions, which would drive American society primarily on the basis of passions unrestrained by reason and a veneration for the rights and views of others.  As James Madison described, “By a faction I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority and a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or interest, adverse to the right of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”   Continue reading “The Framers and Associations: The Right to Assemble”

Baptist Patriotism In The Founding Of America

“If I were Washington I would summon all the American officers, they should form a circle around me, and I would address them, and we would offer a libation in our own blood, and I would order one of them to bring a lancet and a punch-bowl and we would bare our arms and be bled; and when the bowl was full, when we all had been bled, I would call on every man to consecrate himself to the work by dipping his sword into the bowl and entering into a solemn covenant engagement by oath, one to another, and we would swear by Him that sits upon the throne and liveth for ever and ever, that we would never sheathe our swords while there was an English soldier in arms remaining in America.” – Reverend John Ryland

Such were the words of the Baptist preacher, who in reality represented the sentiments of nearly every colonial Baptist church at the time of the War for Independence.  So passionate was this denomination for the cause of liberty that, as the Declaration of Independence says, they pledged and sacrificed their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” for the cause.

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