Saturday, November 17, 2007

Contributions of the Bible to Early America

According to the American Political Review (189, 1984)

The Holy Bible was found to have directly contributed to 34% of all quotes by the Founding Fathers. This was discovered after reviewing 15,000 items from the Founding Fathers (including newspaper articles, pamphlets, books, monographs, etc.). The other main sources that the Founders quoted include: Montesquieu, Blackstone, Locke, Pufendorf, etc., who themselves took 60% of their quotes directly from the Bible. Direct and indirect quotes combined reveal that 94% of all the quotes of the Founding Fathers are derived from the Bible.


CrypticLife said...

How does one actually come up with a statistic like that?

History Matters said...

The research was done by a group of political science professors from the University of Houston. They examined 15,000 documents, then narrowed them down to 3,154 writings they felt had some impact on the life and history of this nation.

It's obviously going to be somewhat subjective, but then so is most of the debate surrounding the issue, as well as most of our court decisions.