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Christianity And Its Impact On The United States

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Christianity in the Commonplace
Since before the United States was founded, the ideals of Christianity have been integrated into the government in some way, shape, or form. In the early days of the Colonies, Christianity was the centerfold for all government affairs; however, after the constitution was ratified and deemed effective in the United States, the First Amendment was born. The first amendment states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (source). In the early life of the United States, the
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Lehman Institute claims that he was a skeptical man, but one theme stood out to him, “God is so great, I am so small.”
The Constitutional Convention was held over the course of three months, starting in May and ending in September; during the convention, delegates from the states came to debate on governmental issues concerning the Constitution (University of Missouri- Kansas City). During the convention, Franklin wrote to George Washington, who was president at the time, “I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service” (wb) “In response to Franklin 's appeal, Virginia 's Mr. Randolph offered a counter proposal. He recommended that a ‘sermon be preached at the request of the convention on the 4th of July, the anniversary of Independence, & thence forward prayers be used in ye Convention every morning’” (Ferrand pg. 451). Once the request was granted, a chaplain prayed every morning before beginning the transactions of business for the day.
The term “a wall of separation between church and state” first came from Thomas Jefferson, himself, in a response letter to Danbury Baptist association’s letter of concern regarding the church’s insecurity stemming from that with the new constitution in effect, they
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