Therefore, the range of a deist spans from those who believe there is no God, to those who believe in a distant, impersonal creator of the universe, to those who believe there is no way to know if God exists. Will Christianity be seriously jeopardized if its followers learn that only one of the 56 founding fathers was a member of the clergy? For example, consider what must be explained away if the following signers of the Constitution were to be mentioned: Charles Pinckney and John Langdon—founders of the American Bible Society; James McHenry—founder of the Baltimore Bible Society; Rufus King—helped found a Bible society for Anglicans; Abraham Baldwin—a chaplain in the Revolution and considered the youngest theologian in America; Roger Sherman, William Samuel Johnson, John Dickinson, and Jacob Broom—also theological writers; James Wilson and William Patterson—placed on the Supreme Court by President George Washington, they had prayer over juries in the U. S. Supreme Court room; and the list could go on. Nor does George Washington. policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Some of the most prominent among those “Fathers” were in fact, deists. Any portrayal of any handful of Founders as deists is inaccurate. When people say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” at Wal-Mart, are they attacking Jesus? Will their faith be dashed if they discover that James Madison objected to chaplains opening the proceedings of Congress with prayer? Finally, and most obviously, if the founding fathers intended to include Jesus, the Bible, or other particular aspects of the Christian faith in the founding of our nation, they would have expressly done so. Deists believe in a supreme being who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws—and after creation, is absent from the world. None of the notable Founders fit this description. Mason and Bishop Moore, wherein he reaffirmed to him his readiness to face God should he die, having declared to them “a lively faith in God’s mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of the death of Christ.” At that time, he also partook of Holy Communion with Bishop Moore. He said: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should `make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”. 8-9: It was best expressed earlier in the Declaration of Independence, when they spoke of "the Laws of Nature" and of "Nature's God." F. d['e]isme. ‮g​r​o​.​s​s​e​r​g​o​r​p​n​a​c​i​r​e​m​a​@​l​e​n​a​n​a​h​s‭, ‮g​r​o​.​s​s​e​r​g​o​r​p​n​a​c​i​r​e​m​a​@​s​n​i​l​l​o​c​r‭, RELEASE: Victory for Biden, Congressional Candidates Sends a Strong Message on Need for Federal Climate Action, CAP Column Says, STATEMENT: CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden on the 2020 Election, STATEMENT: CAP Economist Michael Madowitz on the October 2020 Jobs Report. What is Deism? Washington read it and approved it, although it was not ratified by the senate until John Adams had become president. The reader, as do many others, claimed that Jefferson omitted all miraculous events of Jesus from his “Bible.” Rarely do those who make this claim let Jefferson speak for himself. Perhaps critics should spend more time reading the writings of the Founders to discover their religious beliefs for themselves rather than making such sweeping accusations which are so easily disproven.