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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

How has christianity affected the U.S. economically, politically, and socially?

Has christianity affected the U.S. in a bad way through politics, the economy and/or society? For instance, in 2005 President Bush said that God had told him to invade Iraq, but now look where we are in the war. Any information would be very helpful and insightful.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Nice try...Christianity has not affected the U.S. economically. Politically...it is the basis of our legal system. Have you ever heard of the 10 Commandments (the foundation of all western law). Socially I'd say Christianity has had a huge impact since the majority of citizens in this country claim to be Christian.

    This may help you it's an answer I gave to a similar question 2 months ago:

    Where exactly is it written in the Constitution, "separation of church and state"? The first amendment clearly states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ..." The Constitution was written primarily by Christian men, based somewhat on their Christan values. The first amendment was written to avoid a state sponsored church, such as the Church of England (aka Anglican Church). The amendment was not written to allow liberals to throw away years of values and morality at their convenience.

    BJ...I'm sorry to dissappoint you, but Madison (you remember him right? 4th President, primarily remembered as "the father of the Constitution") was a Christian. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and was not even at the Constitutional Convention http://teachingamericanhistory.com/conve... So please quit rewriting history.

    James Madison is known as the father of the U.S. Constitution. He was also the fourth President of the United States. He was the primary author of the Bill of Rights and engineered the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Madison believed Christianity to be the foundation upon which a just government must be built. Writing on June 20, 1785, he stated:

    Religion [is] the basis and Foundation of Government.

    Madison expounds further:

    We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.

    In 1788, Madison stated:

    The belief in God all powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities to be impressed with it.

    In Madison's personal Bible, his hand written notes appear in the margin of Chapter 19 of the Book of Acts:

    Believers who are in a state of grace, have need of the Word of God for their edification and building up therefore implies a possibility of falling. v. 32.

    Grace, it is the free gift of God. Luke. 12. 32-v.32.

    Giver more blessed than the receiver. v. 35.

    To neglect the means for our own preservation is to tempt God: and to trust to them is to neglect Him. v. 3 & Ch. 27. v. 31.

    Humility, the better any man is, the lower thoughts he has of himself. v. 19.

    Ministers to take heed to themselves & their flock. v. 28.

    The Apostles did greater miracles than Christ, in the matter, not manner, of them. v. 11.

    In his manuscripts on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, Madison wrote:

    Christ's Divinity appears by St. John, chapter xx, 2: 'And Thomas answered and said unto Him, my Lord and my God!' Resurrection testified to and witnessed by the Apostles, Acts iv, 33: 'And with great power gave the Apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.'

    On November 9, 1772, Madison wrote to his close college friend, William Bradford:

    A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of renown and bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the annals of Heaven.

    [Bad health has] intimated to me not to expect a long or healthy life, yet it may be better with me after some time tho I hardly dare expect it and therefore have little spirit and alacrity to set about anything that is difficult in acquiring and useless in possessing after one has exchanged time

    So, therefore Christianity gave us the Constitution

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  • Boss H
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    1 decade ago

    Other than help elect loons that are selling out country off piece by piece, and allowing our companies to make a communist country prosper, They appear to be pretty irrelevant. They try to elect people that will do something for them, only to find out that all they got was lip-service.... Time and time again.

    You know, I am really starting to wonder if this Wayland cat, isn't just a bot, that is programmed to que in on key words and drop a misinformed talking-point every so often.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When the highest-profile Christians lately have been people like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, the Phelps, Kenneth Lay (Enron), Charles Keating (S&L Scandal) Chuck Colson (Watergate criminal), James Dobson, John Ashcroft, John Rigas (Adelphia scandal), and others I could list, well, there seem to be some great arguments for either conversion to something non-Christian, or for flat-out atheism.

    Not the kind of Christians we should be following, listening to, or taking after.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The religious right organised itself and became far more influential from the mid-eighties on, thanks to the likes of Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham. This damaged the credibility of the churches while expanding their power and wealth. They are willing to back anyone who says the right words and pays them tribute, but the actual values and actions of the individual are ignored... indeed, getting into alliance with the churches was a great way to prevent scrutiny of morally dubious actions.

    The close alliance of religion and politics has harmed America greatly. Issues of personal sexuality and morality have consumed enormous amounts of policy and media 'space', preventing the discussion of facts and issues of actual political gravity. For instance to religious voters dealing with the War on Terror was not a matter of a scientific approach, but of backing whatever man had 'strong moral convictions', which could mean anything.

    Religion dumbed down the American education system by replacing instruction in the facts of science with the tendentious mumbo-jumbo of 'creation science' and, when that was shot to ribbons, 'intelligent design'.

    US foreign policy in the middle east is completely subordinated to Israeli objectives, thanks to the desire of some religious people to see Biblical prophesy fulfilled- you can imagine how this goes down with Arabs and Palestinians looking for justice. US allies that have gone through religious war and division in the past- and who have learned the value of secularism- laugh at America's obsession with religions. Many of these are quack religions like Seventh Day Adventists and Mormons, whose origins are laughable.

    Religion divides people into 'good' and 'bad' and over-simplifies very complex issues. It is important as a crutch and to provide guidance and hope in personal affairs, but is, and always has been in every example, a terrible way to run policy.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Check the details on Ike's presidential campaign. He was the first presidential candidate to advertise on TV.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Christians believe in being self sufficient and also not to be greedy with their money. Also they are encouraged to help out those less fortunate than them. So, they are probably less likely to hoard money and keep it from other people. Also they are more willing to spend it. Other then that, I don't know what to say about it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    God told him? LOL I guess he calls Dick Cheyney God these days.

    Throughout history people, leaders and governments have used religion to justify WAR, and the horrific treatment of other peoples.

    Osama Bin Laden believes his god told him to do what he has done.

    PEOPLE manipulate religion to suit their needs.

    Christianity has not been bad. People have.

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  • 6 years ago

    "bad" is judged by every belief. its different for everyone. so, maybe it may be bad for you but now for someone else. the 10 commandments are the basis of the US law, so idk what u would think.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Religion in general has caused much damage to the world and has been used for political gain, just look at Bush when he tells the American people we need to fight "evil" in the name of "GOD"

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  • 1 decade ago

    it has affected the U.S. in mostly negative ways there is a reason the Lord said to render unto Cesar what is his and the moral majority, the Christian Coalition have both been negative on the morals ect of America

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The United States was founded by Christians on Christian principles... people don't really know that?

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