Jefferson Drew from Christian Sources

PHOTO OF Bill Federer, quoted in here, talking on the radio with Jerry Newcombe, co-author of “Doubting Thomas.” Jefferson drew from sources deeply rooted in centuries of political writings from mostly Christian sources. Even if many of these sources are sometimes are categorized as “Englightenment thinkers,” the fact of the …

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On the Phrase “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”

Sometimes, some modern writers argue that Jefferson was speaking in a Deistic way when he used the phrase “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” Is that true? Gary Amos provides a compelling critique to that canard. He points out that it was in common usage by Christian sources, …

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Some of the Christian Inputs to the Declaration of Independence

Gary Amos says of the Declaration of Independence, “The ideas were not Jefferson’s, but the writing was. And it was magnificent.”[1] The important point, too, is that these were Christian ideas. In 1775, an assembly of Presbyterian elders from Mecklenburg, North Carolina, led by Elder Ephraim Brevard (a man who …

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