Early American Education

Hope all is well with you and your loved ones.

I would like to continue on the subject of Christian influence on the history of this nation.  Abraham Lincoln is quoted as stating, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

Many famous early educators made their feelings known about how important it was to them that education be Bible based.  Here is just one:

John Witherspoon, 1723-1794-John Witherspoon was the only active member of the clergy (the Presbyterian Church) as well as college  president to sign the Declaration of Independence.  Witherspoon signed the Aritcles of Confederation and strongly supported the ratification of the Constitution.  He served as president of Princeton from 1768 to 1794. (It was originally known as the College of New Jersey.)   Some people thought he was the most effective teacher in early America.

John Witherspoon  stated, “He is the best friend to American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion. . . Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not call him an enemy to his country.”   He saw American leadership guided by Christian values promoting America to be a light to the world.



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