Alexis de Toqueville Revisited

As we approach Good Friday and Easter (Resurrection Sunday) I wanted to repost something I posted last year.

 

He is risen, He is risen indeed!

 

If you have taken a US History course in college you have probably heard of Alexis de Toqueville’s “Democracy in America.”  It was written in 1840 and portrayed America as different from any society of that time.  The author was looking for what made America great.  He said he found the answer in the churches of America.  He said America combines Christianity and liberty so intimately that one can not exist without the other.

“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.”

“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”

“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

“The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other.”

“Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”

Just another piece of evidence that America was founded on a very strong Christian influence.

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