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Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Bible: Source for the writing of the Constitution

The Bible is not only the most published book in history, it is quoted by major sources continually. Many of our early statesmen regarded the Bible highly. The Bible was a major sourcebook for the writing of our Constitution. In The Origins of American Constitutionalism by Donald Lutz, Lutz and colleague Charles Hynman (both Political Science researchers from the University of Houston) summarize their analysis of 15,000 items of American political commentary published between 1760 and 1805. They demonstrated that the Bible was the most frequently quoted source between 1760 and 1805, and concluded that future research on the development of American political thought should include increased attention to "biblical and common law sources"

Quotes concerning the moral authority of the Bible as pertinent to our nation.

"A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district - all studied and appreciated as they merit - are the principle support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty." Benjamin Franklin

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.
It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." George Washington

"The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests." Andrew Jackson

"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering." Daniel Webster

"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scripture ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evil men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." Noah Webster

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education." Theodore Roosevelt

The Bible is considered to be accurate and of historical value

Nelson Glueck, a specialist in ancient literature, said: "It can be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference."

Bible scholar Donald J. Wiseman said, "The geography of Bible lands and visible remains of antiquity were gradually recorded until today more than 25,000 sites within this region and dating to Old Testament times, in their broadest sense, have been located...." (25,000 sites!)

Well-known Bible scholar William F. Albright said: "Discovery after discovery has established the accuracy of innumerable details, and has brought increased recognition of the value of the Bible as a source of history." Archeological studies have been a true friend to the Christian Bible.

Menahem Mansoor, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says: "Biblical archaeology's greatest significance is that it has corroborated many historical records in the Bible."

From a statement by the Smithsonian Institute: "In short, it is impossible to verify the actual events recorded in the Biblical account of the flood. On the other hand, much of the Bible, in particular the historical books of the old testament, are as accurate historical documents as any that we have from antiquity and are in fact more accurate than many of the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, or Greek histories. These Biblical records can be and are used as are other ancient documents in archeological work. For the most part, historical events described took place and the peoples cited really existed."

Other quotes of note

"The Bible is literature, not dogma." George Santayana

"The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed." Thomas H. Huxley

"The English Bible - a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power." Thomas B. Macaulay

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength." Robert E. Lee


highboy said...

Watch it radar. We still have "progressives" who think that our government and God have nothing to do with each other.

LC42 said...

Random quotes and statistics can justify just about anything.

"Three fourths of the Biblical citations in Lutz's 1760 to 1805 sample come, not from secular sources, but from reprinted sermons (one of the most popular types of political writing during these years)"

Lutz: "The Bible's prominence disappears, which is not surprising since the debate centered upon specific institutions about which the Bible has little to say. The Anti-Federalists do drag it in with respect to basic principles of government, but the Federalist's inclination to Enlightenment rationalism is most evident here in their failure to consider the Bible relevant....The debate surrounding the adoption of the Constitution was fought out mainly in the context of Montesquieu, Blackstone, the English Whigs, and major writers of the Enlightenment (Relative Influence, pp. 194-195)"

highboy said...

"Random quotes and statistics can justify just about anything."

Thankfully history validates much of what was quoted in this post.

xiangtao said...

"It can be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference."

Or not. How about Jericho? At the earliest, the Exodus was said to have happened in the 15th century BC (most accepted dates are later than this). However, almost all archaeologists agree that at this time Jericho was nothing more than a pile of rubble and had been that way for at least a hundred years.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Thanks radar...what a thought provoking , beautiful reminder!

grabthatupacalypse said...

This site is pretty interesting. I cant help but check it out when I get time to myself. Yeah we Party pretty good up here. But we Learn alot too. All the libraries, books and Professors you can handle. Cool-Ass-Professors too! Like we're at Emory U.

Another site I love to visit is

But it's nothing for those who are camera-shy. Walk with me w Arms wide Open.

Anonymous said...

This post has a whiff of defensiveness about it. Sure the Bible reflects literary, historical, metaphorical and mythological merit - but not evenly throughout. It is an anthology, and does not evenly reflect all these things throughout. Because, say, it can be verified that some lake where Jesus supposedly preached actually exists does not serve as proof of some of the more miraculous sections of the Bible, which are far more in line with other existing creation myths and hagiologies.

The Bible is an impressive literary work on many levels, but that holds true whether God exists or not, and it holds true whether the Bible was created by God or by man. Nothing wrong with that either way.

oriolebird38 said...

Still think Brian Griese should be starting over Rex Grossman?

highboy said...

"Still think Brian Griese should be starting over Rex Grossman?"

I was just thinking that same thing. Early season prediction: NFC Championship: Eagles/Bears

AFC Championship: Colt/anyone but the Steelers

radar said...

Grossman has made me eat my words for sure...and now the Bears are the NFC favorites. The Eagles might want to obtain some defensive backs before making championship plans, though...

highboy said...

"The Eagles might want to obtain some defensive backs before making championship plans, though..."

Sheppered is back on Sunday and the Eagles will have their Super Bowl secondary again. Besides, our defensive line doesn't give them time to even throw the ball. (Our SUBSTITUTE DE is leading the league in sacks radar)