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A Model Of Christian Nationhood

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(HIS-243364-01-09SU2) Transformations During the Colonial Experience M05 Group A When we look at Governor John Winthrop's most famous thesis A Model of Christian Charity, written on board the Arbella, 1630, we see in it the ideas and ideals that are said to underpin this nation. The argument that is commonly presented for "the separation of church and state" as meant by the "founding fathers is often voiced as a point of contention to those who say this is a nation built upon the back of a Christian value system. When Ben Franklin said "Lighthouses are more useful than churches" and John Adams uttered "this would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion on it" and the most quoted early American Thomas Jefferson spoke of religions being "all alike--founded upon fables and mythologies", and saying "Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man", plenty of that fodder is fed from the side. But unless you‟re in a socialistic government where the church is the state, any talk about a separation of is short sided at best. When analyzing this document, you see the
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