The Intention of the Early Colonies

Best to all of you.  By the time you get this post I will have just returned to Las Vegas from four weeks in New York, Virginia, Washington DC, and Romania.  It was great to get away for a while but now it is time time to get back to work.

I want to continue to investigate the early documents of our country.  I believe an honest person would conclude that Biblical Christianity was the dominant faith at the birth of the nation.

According to Patricia Bonomi, who is Professor Emeritus of New York University, “the colonists were about 98% Protestant.”  This would be supported by a look at the following.

1644 New Haven Colony’s Supreme Court: “The judicial laws of God as they were delivered to Moses (are to) be a rule to all the courts in this jurisdiction . . .”

Rhode Island Charter, 1663: “The colonies are to pursue with peace and loyal minds their sober, serious, and religious intentions. . . in holy Christian faith a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained rightly grounded upon Gospel principles.”

Pennsylvania Frame of Government, 1681 – “[It is our purpose] to make and establish such laws as shall best preserve true Christian and religious liberty, in all  opposition to all un-christian, licentious, and unjust practices.”

Fundamental Constitution of South Carolina, 1662 – These were requirements to hold a public position in South Carolina: “to believe in God, to recognize Divine justice and human responsibility, and to be a church member in order to be a freeman of the Colony.”

The documents are the documents.  They are available for anyone to look up and read.

Just some more food for thought.

Stay well and safe.

Dr. Louis Grillo

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