RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:
- Gouverneur Morris
- Abraham Baldwin
- Roger Sherman
- William Samuel Johnson
- James Wilson
- Jacob Broom
- James McHenry
- John Dickinson
- Gunning Bedford
- John Jay
- Wall Builders/David Barton (www.wallbuilders.com)
- The American Minute/Bill Federer (www.americanminute.com)
American History Books:
- "A Patriot's History of the United States" by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.
Historic Digital Books:
- "Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence" by Benjamin J. Lossing (1854)
- "George Washington: The Image and the Man" by W.E. Woodward (1926)
- William Samuel Johnson: Columbia University Commencement Address (1787)
SESSION 3 RESOURCES
"For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God [Luke 11:20] never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests." (Alexander Hamilton)
"[I] beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits “live and move and have their being” [Acts 17:28]." (Gouverneur Morris)
"As to my sentiments with respect to the merits of the new Constitution, I will disclose them without reserve. . . . It appears to me then little short of a miracle that the delegates from so many different states . . . should unite in forming a system of national government." (George Washington)
"I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the effects of a Divine power." (Dr. Benjamin Rush)
QUESTIONS ON "AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS (PART 2)" VIDEO LESSON:
- What do you think about statements by Franklin, Madison, Washington and Rush who noted the U.S. Constitution was a "miracle of heaven" and helped by Divine Providence? Why do secularists need for this founding document to be wholly "secular?"
- Barton notes how many contemporary historians like to promote that there were only a half dozen "framers of the Constitution" (with a favor towards James Madison), but that's not true. Why do modern historians want to rewrite our founding history?
- "Whoever controls the present controls the past, whoever controls the past controls the future." What do you think of this quote from the book George Orwell in 1984?
- Most of what we know about the FAITH of our Founding Fathers was found in their "Last Wills and Testaments." In their day, their final "wills" also included a "testament" of their creed, beliefs and doctrines. If you had to write your "testament," what would you say?
- "Death by a thousand cuts" is how we have slowly lost a grip on our true history. How have you seen these "cuts" in your own lifetime?
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