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Were the founding fathers of the USA diests?

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Were the founding fathers of the USA diests?

Of the seven mainly recognised founding fathers -

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • John Jay
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • George Washington

only John Jay could be said to be clearly Christian in belief. The others were drawn more towards rationalism and the ides of the New Enlightenment. They were indeed deists.

The Declaration of Independence itself is remarkable for its departure from the accepted idea of the time that the right to rile was God-given, and the Constitution makes no reference to religion whatsoever except by way of exclusion, offering equality to all irrespective of any religion or none.

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