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Importance of God and Religion

Washington on the Importance of God and Religion

Like most of the Founding Fathers, George Washington saw the importance of religion as a necessary component of human happiness, a healthy society and sustained good governance. Washington’s views were largely due to his own beliefs regarding both religion and governance.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to pol . . .

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Franklin on Faith

 

Within the writings and speeches of the founders, we can see the importance most of them placed in faith and religion; including Benjamin Franklin, who is not renowned for his religious practices or beliefs,

In a 1757 letter to Read More

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The Conclusions of a 13th Century Christian Philosopher

 

If we abandon the historical point of view and place the context of actions taken within the time-frame and mindset of their occurrences, we can perhaps see the founder’s application of St. Thomas Aquinas’s conclusions regarding the best form of government (intended or not). Of the five legitimate forms of government, St. Thomas stated that the best form of government is a combin . . .

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The Proposals of a 13th Century Christian Philosopher

The Founding Fathers of the United States were given the unenviable task of creating a governmental system that was familiar enough to the citizens, yet unique in its balance so as to create a delicate, but lasting institution.

While classically educated and still thinking in European terms, they may have drawn from various philosophers of Europe.

One such philosopher to which they may h . . .

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Layers of Government, Local to Federal

Ancient Hebrew governance appears to be the first that provided governmental layers throughout the nation.  Until this system was established, all other governments in the ancient world were primarily based in cities or tribes, which were headed by kings or chieftains.  As outlined in the book of Exodus, the layers consisted of “commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens . . .