If the United States is a "Christian Nation" then why did the founding fathers create a seperation of Church..?
Yeah sorry, but I am not a Liberal.
I am a Registered Republican, but I am sick and tired of both the Republican and Democratic Party.
- Gray WandererLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
There is more than one Christian denomination, and the Founding Fathers had just left a situation where the government was taxing the Quakers, Jews, Catholics, Deists, etc., to support the Established Church, and restrict other churches from their freedom of worship.
Religious Affiliation of the Signers of the
Declaration of Independence
Name of Signer State Religious Affiliation
Charles Carroll Maryland Catholic
Samuel Huntington Connecticut Congregationalist
Roger Sherman Connecticut Congregationalist
William Williams Connecticut Congregationalist
Oliver Wolcott Connecticut Congregationalist
Lyman Hall Georgia Congregationalist
Samuel Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist
John Hancock Massachusetts Congregationalist
Josiah Bartlett New Hampshire Congregationalist
William Whipple New Hampshire Congregationalist
William Ellery Rhode Island Congregationalist
John Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist; Unitarian
Robert Treat Paine Massachusetts Congregationalist; Unitarian
George Walton Georgia Episcopalian
John Penn North Carolina Episcopalian
George Ross Pennsylvania Episcopalian
Thomas Heyward Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian
Thomas Lynch Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian
Arthur Middleton South Carolina Episcopalian
Edward Rutledge South Carolina Episcopalian
Francis Lightfoot Lee Virginia Episcopalian
Richard Henry Lee Virginia Episcopalian
George Read Delaware Episcopalian
Caesar Rodney Delaware Episcopalian
Samuel Chase Maryland Episcopalian
William Paca Maryland Episcopalian
Thomas Stone Maryland Episcopalian
Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts Episcopalian
Francis Hopkinson New Jersey Episcopalian
Francis Lewis New York Episcopalian
Lewis Morris New York Episcopalian
William Hooper North Carolina Episcopalian
Robert Morris Pennsylvania Episcopalian
John Morton Pennsylvania Episcopalian
Stephen Hopkins Rhode Island Episcopalian
Carter Braxton Virginia Episcopalian
Benjamin Harrison Virginia Episcopalian
Thomas Nelson Jr. Virginia Episcopalian
George Wythe Virginia Episcopalian
Thomas Jefferson Virginia Deist
Benjamin Franklin Pennsylvania Deist
Button Gwinnett Georgia Episcopalian; Congregationalist
James Wilson Pennsylvania Episcopalian; Presbyterian
Joseph Hewes North Carolina Quaker, Episcopalian
George Clymer Pennsylvania Quaker, Episcopalian
Thomas McKean Delaware Presbyterian
Matthew Thornton New Hampshire Presbyterian
Abraham Clark New Jersey Presbyterian
John Hart New Jersey Presbyterian
Richard Stockton New Jersey Presbyterian
John Witherspoon New Jersey Presbyterian
William Floyd New York Presbyterian
Philip Livingston New York Presbyterian
James Smith Pennsylvania Presbyterian
George Taylor Pennsylvania Presbyterian
Benjamin Rush Pennsylvania Presbyterian
- Philip HLv 710 years ago
Our Founding Fathers were more wise than many will ever understand.
The "separation" of church and state prevents the Establishment of a National Religion. Therefore the state has no ability to force you to believe in THEIR official control powers. They can not dictate the state of your spiritual being or punish you for infringing on what THEY think your beliefs ought to be.
Religion can be a POWERFUL tool in the hands of corrupt elitists. The American Constitution is all about granting freedom to responsible citizens and the prevention of tyranny. A state dictated religion would never allow that and tyrants would dominate.
The majority of the citizens of the USA may be Christian, but even Jesus does not Dictate your life. Jesus presented the will of his Father and it is up to you to choose to obey. You are not forced by God to follow Him.
Should a State assume power and authority greater than that of God?
Our Founders were wise indeed. - Just try to imagine a powerful nation with an Inquisitor in every community.
- 10 years ago
The United States is not a Christian Nation or a Secular Nation It is a Nation of laws made by "We the People" who may or may not be religious. It was founded by mostly Christian believers that did not want to be prosecuted for their own personal beliefs. They used the morality of their Christian principals of freedom to construct the Nation and it's Constitution.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
This is not to separate religion from the people it is to keep the government from making any religion or non religion a establishment of the state. And shall not prohibit any free exercise of peoples religion or non religious beliefs.
"Secularism" is a belief, that too, is not to be established by the state as its creed.
- cristyLv 43 years ago
the place did you get the thought the founding fathers predicted every physique to be any specific faith. the full reason of separation of church and state is so the government can't dictate what faith every physique needs to maintain on with. So people are loose to coach regardless of faith they opt to, or none. it can be a greater useful international if every physique concept somebody replaced into looking over their shoulder at each and every thing they have been doing. yet that's not the job of any government on account that doesn't be freedom.
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- ThaliaLv 710 years ago
It is just that, a separation of Church and State.
America has numerous Christian Churches, not just one.
In many countries like Spain and Italy in the past, the Catholic Church had exclusive power in government and banned other churches and persecuted their followers.
America's constitution was designed to stop any one Church from dictating. It wasn't designed to remove Christianity from politics, just to prevent the interference of say the Catholic Church or one of the protestant denominations to the exclusion of all others.
- IceTLv 710 years ago
Because they did not want there to be a state religion which would turn our country into a theocracy. It was a way to make sure there was freedom of religion which they felt was important and was one of many reasons they came to the new world.
However our Constution, Bill of rights and most of our laws are based on Christian ideas and teachings.
- Great Lakes KLv 510 years ago
The Founding Fathers mostly embraced a religious philosophy that encouraged religion but disavowed any particular endorsement of any one religion. That is why a number of them were members of the Masonic Order, which generally forbade religious arguments. The Founding Fathers definitely endorsed God and were not athiestic. "In God We Trust" was a motto they used, but not specifying any particular denomination, or even particular religion. Today we have corrupted that original belief to mean we should not endorse God, and that was never the intent of the Founding Fathers. They, in their wise opinion, knew however that to endorse one particular religion would lead to less freedom.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Because unlike today's Christians our Founding Fathers had a clear understanding of precisely how evil Christianity could be if it had ready access to the powers of the State to enforce it's particular view of morality .Source(s): The Mormons that our loving Christian Nation forced into exile
- smsmith500Lv 710 years ago
There is no clause in the constitution talking about separation of church and State. All it does is prevent the Government from backing one religion over any other and allowing freedom of religion.
- AndyLv 710 years ago
They didn't, actually. I don't believe the United States is a Christian nation, but the Founders intended to prevent the state from taking over churches. Not the other way around. Not that either one is a good thing.