RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:
Founding Era Bios:
- 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.
- "America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations" by William Federer
Historic Proclamations and Oratories:
- Oration of John Quincy Adams on America's 61st Birthday (1837)
- James Madison's Proclamation of Humiliation and Prayer Fast (1812)
"Founding Faith" Blog (by Rick):
You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.
(George Washington, 1st US President)
SESSION 4 RESOURCES
JOHN ADAMS' PRAYER:
"May this territory (Washington, D.C.) be the residence of virtue and happiness! In this city, may that piety and virtue, that wisdom and magnanimity, that constancy and self-government which adorned the great character whose name it bears, be forever held in veneration! Here and throughout our country, may simple manners, pure morals, and true religion flourish forever!"
QUESTIONS ON "FAITH OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS (PART 1)" VIDEO LESSON:
- Why do you think George Washington is more criticized and scrutinized by modern historians? Why do they attack his morality and character?
- When you consider how the true story of George Washington has been revised in recent biographies, how do you feel? Why?
- David Barton noted that when you want to separate a following from a leader, you attack the leader. One area that George Washington has been targeted in recent years has been the fact he had slaves. What do you learn from the TRUTH about Washington, his view and actions in regards to Washington?
- What do you think about George Washington’s prayer life?
- There were seven specific “religious” activities at George Washington’s inaugural. Which one is most surprising to you? Why?
1) Washington swore his oath (to both man and God)
2) Washington swore upon a Bible
3) Washington then kissed the Bible
4) Washington then gave a prayer for the nation
5) Washington the delivered an overtly religious address
6) Congress then marched in unison to a local Baptist church for a sermon
7) To close the church service and Congress, a clergy man offered a prayer over President Washington.
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