Atheists, Christians and the Founding Dads

Christians like to claim that the founding fathers were faithful Christians; Atheists have claimed that the Founding fathers were atheist. Neither is right.

Most of the Founding Fathers were not doctrinaire Christians. Ben Franklin was a deist, not a Christian, and said that lighthouses were more useful than churches. Thomas Paine despised religion, and denounced it–but he said he was a deist and thus a believer in some kind of God.

George Washington was very skeptical about religion and was not a standard Christian, to say the least.

Jefferson had some sense of mystical deism, and respected Jesus, saying the best of the New Testament was like diamonds in a dungheap.

Most “founding fathers” were neither Christian nor atheist..

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