Saturday, September 12, 2009

Roger Sherman, Founding Father and Christian

Roger Sherman is certainly a man to be counted among our Founding Fathers. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, signer of the Constitution, and a framer of the Bill of Rights. Of course, his status as a Founding Father means he is one of those said to be mostly atheists and deists by many today.

That might come as a surprise to those who knew Sherman. In a letter to Samuel Hopkins, June 28, 1790, he said:

"I admit that it is the duty of all to acknowledge that the divine law which requires us to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourlesves, on pain of eternal damnation is holy, just and good; and I suppose that the conscience of every sinner who shall be finally condemned by the law, will witness to the justice of the sentence..."

As found in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, Volume 5, by American Antiquarian Society. See the Google Books extract.

1 comment:

Clifford Randles said...

Yes, the first amendent was adressed to congress, congress being the body that makes the laws for the united states.

Not state laws.

It is almost unbelieveable to think that our highly educated people in the federal court system and the representives we elect would not know the difference between congress and state,

what part of congress is it that they do not understand?

It is not likly they are that stupid, and it is likly they think we are stupid and want us to think it has to do with seperation of church and state,

when it really has to do with states rights.

Clifford Randles

A grade school drop out.