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Was the United States founded as a Christian nation?

We who are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world will be voting this Tuesday for those who will lead us in the years to come.

This is a great responsibility for every American.

And it is a great privilege, one that the majority of the world does not enjoy in any meaningful way.

During this campaign, the religious faith of both Presidential candidates has been called into question.

Religion permeates politics.

The question of America’s beginnings also are debated. Was our great country founded by Christians and their Christian values, which should then steer our future? Or was our great America founded by noble men, some of whom were religious, but few “Christians” as we use the term today, which then sets the course of our country?

Sentimentalism, being a Republican or a Democrat, or what we hope is the truth, won’t be of much help in finding our answer. An honest, thoughtful understanding of history may.

Like many places in life, it’s a complex, nuanced answer. It’s not black or white. It’s not “yes” or “no.”

Take 30 minutes and sit with esteemed evangelical historians, Dr. George Marsden (whom Pastor Gary studied under at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Dr. Mark Noll in this reasoned conversation presented by Calvin College on whether the United States was founded as a Christian nation.


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