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Faith of Our Founders

Faiths of Our Founders by Alf Mapp, Jr.

Adult Class, Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

We hope you will join us this Sunday as we learn about the faiths of the founders. This week - George Washington.

George Washington

Of the founders we are studying, Washington is the most mysterious. He was not as outspoken about his faith as Adams, Franklin, Madison, Witherspoon and the others. He kept words of his personal beliefs to a minimum. He was protective of what he believed and in turn wished to protect the private beliefs of others:

 

“While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious of violating the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the Judge of the Hearts of Men and to him only in this case they are answerable.” (75)

 

His actions spoke as much about his faith as did his words. On November 5, 1775, he forbade his troops for celebration of Pope’s Day – a day in which Protestants would burn effigy of the pope. He thought the practice was childish and disrespectful (75). In this sense, he exemplified the American religious cause at its best. This was a movement meant to ensure religious freedom. They had had enough of the religious persecution.

Join us this Sunday as we talk about the faith of the founders.