Saturday, August 1, 2009

Elias Boudinot, President of Congress, Bill of Rights Framer

Elias Boudinot, President of Congress, Bill of Rights Framer, founder of the American Bible Society. That puts him under the definition of a Founding Father. You may have heard from various sources that our Founders were mostly deists and atheists and that almost none were actually Christian. Do you suppose Elias is to be included in that description?

He wrote "The Age Of Revelation: Or The Age Of Reason Shown To Be An Age Of Infidelity" (1801). In it he said,

May that God, who delighteth in the meek and humble temper, which trembleth at his word, lead you to the cross of Christ; and there, by his holy spirit, direct you into all truth. May he instruct you in his holy work, which is able to make you wise unto salvation. Let that word abide in you richly -- become your daily companion, under every circumstance of life; "the man of your council, a lamp to your paths, and a light to your feet."
In short, were you to ask me to recommend the most valuable book in the world, I should fix on the Bible as the most instructive, both to the wise and ignorant. Were you to ask me for one, affording the most rational and pleasing entertainment to the inquiring mind, I should repeat it is the Bible; and should you renew the inquiry, for the best philosophy, or the most interesting history, I should still urge you to look into your Bible. I would make it, in short, the Alpha and Omega of knowledge; and be assured, that it is for want of understanding the scriptures, both of the Old and New Testament, that so little value is set upon them by the world at large. The time, however, is not far off, when they will command a very different reception among the sons of men.

See the excerpt in Google Books

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