– Episode 1802 –

Were the Founding Fathers Christians? Dr. Greg Foster

Todd Friel interviews Gregg L. Frazer professor of history from the Master’s College, author of the book “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution” discussing the perception versus the reality of what the American Founding Fathers believed.  In general, the Founding Fathers were not mainly Christians and it would be a misrepresentation to say that America was founded as a Christian nation.


Segment 1 (0:00) – Todd interviews Gregg L. Frazer, author of the book “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution”, on the subject of the beliefs of the America’s Founding Fathers.  Based particularly on their private writings, the Founding Father’s had a diverse beliefs, some being evangelical.  One example discussed is George Washington, which evidence points to him not being a Christian.

Segment 2 (11:25) – Todd continues his interview with Gregg L. Frazer, author of the book “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution”, discussing eight key Founding Fathers focused on in the book. Gregg believes all eight, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, James Wilson, and George Washington, were not Christians but were theistic rationalists.  Gregg goes on to define theistic rationalism.  Also, Gregg mentions John Witherspoon, Roger Sherman, and John Jay as examples of Founding Father who were Christians.

Segment 3 (18:49) – Todd Friel continues his interview with Gregg L. Frazer, author of the book “The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution”, discussing how America was not really a Christian nation founded with Christian principles but instead was founded on morality, mainly coming from religion.  Key Founders believed in relatively few of the key beliefs that their Christians peers believed at that time.