America's Founders and the Ten Commandments

Founders in regard to the Bible and the Ten Commandments

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." - George Washington

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it.  We've staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity...to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." - James Madison to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia (1778)

"The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity...I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and the attributes of God." - John Adams in an 1813 letter to Thomas Jefferson

"The Law given from Sinai [The Ten Commandments] was a civil and municipal as well as moral and religious code." - John Quincy Adams in a letter to his son

"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible" - Noah Webster

"There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying its foundations." - Justice Joseph Story in an 1829 speech at Harvard

"God governs the affairs of man.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.  I firmly believe this.  I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel." - Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention of 1787

"I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them...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, constitutes the soul of republicanism." - Benjamin Rush in a letter defending the Bible in American schools, circa 1790s