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Elias Boudinot

Devout Christian Founder: Elias Boudinot

Our country was founded by Christians. One outstanding example was Elias Boudinot. Learn more about him below.

Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) was a lawyer, colonel in the Continental Army (1777-1778), president of the Continental Congress (1782), elected to Congress (after adoption of the Constitution) from New Jersey (1789-1795), and Director of the US Mint (1795-1805). Boudinot also served as the first president of the American Bible Society (1816) and wrote a scathing rebuttal of Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason. 1

The American Bible Society was established in 1816 and exists to this day. Its present location is 1865 Broadway, New York, one of the oldest office buildings in the city. The Society was committed to the spread of the word of God and the end of slavery. It provided the first Bibles in hotels and the first pocket Bibles for Soldiers during the Civil war. In 1817 it oversaw the first translation of the Bible into Native American language. Other prominent officers of the American Bible Society include John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and Francis Scott Key, writer of the U.S. National Anthem. 2

In 1794 Thomas Paine published the Age of Reason, which attempted to discredit the accuracy and infallibility of the Bible. In response, Boudinot, wrote The Age of Revelation, to defend the accuracy of the Bible and uphold Christian beliefs. First written as a letter to his daughter in 1795, The Age of Revelation, was later published as a book in 1801. Boudinot explained his motivation for writing the book when he wrote, “I confess that I was much mortified to find, the whole force of this vain man’s genius and art, pointed at the youth of America, and her unlearned citizens.” 3

Boudinot, although not directly involved in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, is considered an influencer. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, in his dissent in Wallace v. Jaffree (1985) decision that dealt with separation of Church and State considered Boudinot as one of the Christian founding fathers whose views contributed to the First Amendment to the Constitution. In addition, it was Boudinot who proposed a resolution asking President George Washington to issue a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in 1789. “Boudinot said he ‘could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice, in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them.’” 4

Elias Boudinot is an outstanding example of the Christians who founded our nation.

To Read More

Elias Boudinot, The Age of Revelation: The Age of Reason Shewn To Be an Age of Infidelity (Powder Springs, Georgia-American Vision Press, 2011, originally published by Asbury Dickins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1801)

Edward J. Giddings, American Christian Rulers: Religion and Men of Government (Powder Springs, Georgia-American Vision Press, 2011, originally published by Bromfield & Company, New York, New York: 1889, 1890)

References

  1. Elias Boudinot, The Age of Revelation: The Age of Reason Shewn To Be an Age of Infidelity (Powder Springs, Georgia-American Vision Press, 2011, originally published by Asbury Dickins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1801), vii.
  2. History (American Bible Society, n.d.) Available at: http://www.americanbible.org/about/history(July 22, 2012).
  3. as cited in Elias Boudinot, The Age of Revelation: The Age of Reason Shewn To Be an Age of Infidelity (Powder Springs, Georgia-American Vision Press, 2011, originally published by Asbury Dickins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 1801), xi-x.
  4. as cited in Ibid, viii.
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Devout Christian Founder Dr. Benjamin Rush

Devout Christian Founder: Dr. Benjamin Rush

Our country was founded by Christians. One of the most prominent was Dr. Benjamin Rush. Learn more about him below.

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence (1776), delegate to the Continental Congress (1776-77), and a state delegate to ratify the Federal Constitution (1787). Rush was a leading founder of the United States. He was a very learned man and devout Christian.

Consider the many other accomplishments of Benjamin Rush:

  • Graduated from Princeton College (1769)
  • Studied medicine and received his M.D. from University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1768)
  • Treated more than a hundred patients a day during the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia (1793)
  • Is considered the “Father of American Medicine” for his numerous medical discoveries
  • Helped found the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery (1774) and served as its president
  • Was a member of the Abolition Society (1794-97)
  • Helped found the Philadelphia Bible Society (1808-13) and served as its vice-president1

Benjamin Rush was a devout Christian

Dr. Rush was also a devout Christian. Consider an excerpt from the book he wrote, A Defence of the Bible as a School Book:

That the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world: that knowledge is most durable, and religious instruction most useful, when imparted in early life: that the Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life.2

Rush not only advocated that we teach the Bible in schools early in a child’s life but continues later and advocates the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity:

I lament, that we waste too much time and money in punishing crimes, and take too little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity, by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.3

As Tea Party Christians, we couldn’t agree more with Dr. Rush. Christianity forms the basis for self-government. The Bible provides the virtues that enable a republic such as ours to function, including  equality, respect, sobriety, responsibility, etc. Benjamin Rush is as relevant today as he was in 1790.

To Read More

Edward J. Giddings, American Christian Rulers: Religion and Men of Government (Powder Springs, Georgia-American Vision Press, 2011, originally published by Bromfield & Company, New York, New York: 1889, 1890)

References

  1. Wall Builders, Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study ((Wall Builders, n.d.) Available at: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=48(June 24, 2012)
  2. As cited in J Edward J. Giddings, American Christian Rulers: Religion and Men of Government (Powder Springs, Georgia-American Vision Press, 2011, originally published by Bromfield & Company, New York, New York: 1889, 1890), 435.
  3. As cited in Ibid, 435.
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