FOUNDING FATHERS QUOTES ON RELIGION

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” – George Washington

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” – George Washington

“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next.” – John Adams

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

“The principles of all genuine liberty and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer.” – Benjamin Rush

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” – George Washington

“The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could unite…And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were united.” – John Adams

“The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society, [the Founding Fathers] considered religion as indispensable support for the practice of morality.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits…It is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.” – Fisher Ames

“I have said and always will say that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles…and to this we owe our free Constitutions of Government.” – Noah Webster

“Religion, language, government, and the arts, all center in one point – the identity of one man with the whole human race.” – Samuel Adams

“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I am a Christian. I believe only in the Scriptures, and in Jesus Christ my Savior.” – Charles Carroll

“Providence has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” – John Jay

“The foundation of our society and our government rests so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” – Calvin Coolidge

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison

“Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.” – George Washington

“Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the redeemer’s mission upon Earth? – John Quincy Adams

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – George Washington

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed.” – Noah Webster

“The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity, and humanity.” – John Adams

“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.” – John Adams

“Man is not to be compelled to worship God in any manner contrary to his conscience.” – James Madison

“I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society.” – James Madison

“It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe.” – John Adams

“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.” – James Madison

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion.” – Benjamin Rush

“Without morals, a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they, therefore, who are decrying the Christian religion…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” – Charles Carroll