Even a quick scan of their speeches and correspondences one can find many allusions to God. The Founders understood that theocracy was tyranny, but they did not feel they could or should try to banish religion from public life altogether. George Washington, the first President of the United States, improvised “So help me, God” at the end of the first presidential oath and kissed the Bible on which he had sworn it. This act itself would be a violation of church and state according to the interpretation by the ACLU. According to "The University Of Oklahoma College Of Law" (2009.)
Church and State: Religion in America has led to many heated debates going all the way back to our founding fathers. Jefferson brought to light the idea of separation of church and state. The separation is revolved around keeping religion out of politics, or vis versa. However it is a broad term when it comes to how one interprets whether it’s favorable towards public worship and acknowledgment of god or not. It touches most aspects of government leading to how much the federal government incorporates religion yet restricts states from doing the same.
By definition, a religion is something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics and consciousness. In America, the most practiced religion today in our society is Christianity, or more specifically Protestantism brought about by Martin Luther’s reform to the Catholic Church in the early 1500’s. If one was to compare this religion with the ancient philosophical way of life Confucianism, they would be surprised at some of the similarities and differences. Confucianism is derived from the studies and teachings of Confucius, and has formed into the more modern Neo-Confucianism, which is the attempt to merge the basic elements of Confucian, Deist, and Buddhist thought into one neat system of philosophical belief. Confucianism is not only a viable alternative to Christianity, but can be combined with and work in harmony with its religious aspects.
According to A. G. Dickens’ studies in The English Reformation, the Middle Ages laity faced “quite terrifying views of punishment in the life to come...it was small wonder that they felt more comfortable with saints than with God” (Dickens 20). Dickens believed that laity looked forward to a rational religion that was firmly based on solid biblical evidence, not
1 cap. 1), and so to rebap-tize those who enter the true Church is in fact a repudiation of God’s work. Real baptism and real orders are found both in the true Church and among the heretics and schismatics. Outside the true Church, these sacraments are valid but have a diminished fruitfulness. 2.
The discussion of religion in polite company is generally regarded as rude, yet the argument of separating church and state is a seemingly open battlefield for all who want to enter the war. Religion in America has a deeply ingrained history and foundation. The nation that we live in was formed and built because of the religious freedom our forefathers wanted for us. The Great Awakening in America regarding religion is a constantly evolving product of our desire to worship in the various manners that we choose. We have moved beyond the basic belief that it is our right and have legislated the many different aspects of the issue.
During this same time, the Catholic Church was moving further from the theology of the Protestants. The reformation was also known as the “Protestant revolt from the medieval Roman Catholic Church” (Harvey, 1918, p. 321). Luther was active in pointing out the “characteristic differences of attitude, of tendency, and of judgment, as well as of method, exhibited in these modern attempts to portray and interpret the most widely influential of the earliest founders of Protestantism” (Harvey, 1918, p. 321). Luther wanted to stress that there was a need to expunge the “corrupt bureaucracy” within the church, which can only be done when the church returns to the Bible (Owenby, 2011, p. 1). Luther believed that all believers should abide by the words of ‘our Lord and Master Jesus Christ” and repent of our sins (Morris, 1998, p. 56).
All Christians must be able to give a defense for the hope that is in them, so that the truth will be upheld in every circumstance. The New Apostolic Reformation The teachings of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) are nothing new they have been around before the 1950’s, which scholars believe connect to the “Latter Rain Movement”. Many of the leaders in NAR were involved with the “Latter Rain” movement such as, C. Peter Wagner, Bob Jones, and Rick Joyner, just to name a few. The Assemblies of God actually refuted this movement in 1949. “Satan sold them the lie that "unity" is the principal thing and thus they dethroned and eventually jettisoned purity and truth.
Religion was the real reason that colonization began, with out it, the colonies all over the world would not have ever came to be. The fourteenth century was when factors that would eventually lead to the start of colonization began. The followers of John Wycliffe, also known as Lollards, had pushed their ideas of religious power on the religious community: both the bible and religion had ultimate power over everything (Reformation 4). Martin Luther was one of the first men to openly go against the Lollards ideas. He believed that the Catholic church was corrupt for selling indulgences as penance for sins in that the sale was a way for the Church to exploit the unfortunate and poor (Reformation 5).
Teaching the Bible in Public Schools There are many debates about teaching the Bible in public schools and whether or not teaching the Bible in the classroom is constitutional. The courts have ruled against the devotional instruction of the Bible, however it should not be overlooked that the Bible can be recognized for its contribution to the Western culture. In the article, "The Case for Teaching the Bible", David Van Biema clearly demonstrates how the Bible is “the bedrock of Western Culture" (40). General Counsel for the American Jewish Congress, Marc Stern referenced the 1948 case McCollum v. Board of Education and the 1963 Schempp decision when he wrote, ‘It is possible to teach a course about the bible that is constitutional’ (qtd. in Biema 42).