Luncheon Meeting

Richard Church "The Religious Beliefs of the Founders"

Tuesday Dec 16th, 2014 - Noon to 1:05 p.m.

Directions: (Google Maps) Exit Hwy 41 at College Ave, go west one block to Mall Drive, turn right, go one block, turn right on Fox River Dr.

Dear Friends,

What were the religious beliefs of America’s Founders? Were they Deists who believed in an absent and uninvolved Creator that has left mankind with no revelation other than what can be determined by reason? Or were they Bible-believing Christians who sought to establish thru politics a Christian nation based on biblical principles?

Judging by the books and debate over the decades, those would appear to be our only two choices. Key historians and secularist organizations like the ACLU largely support the deist view of the Founders, if for no other reason than it bolsters their vision for a society devoid of religious influence. Similarly, many Christians view the evidence through their own lens, marshalling public statements of the Founders in support of biblical policies and as evidence of their own deep roots in an America that has recently undergone dramatic cultural change.

But what if several key Founders where neither Deists nor Bible-believing Christians? What if there is a different category altogether that best describes their religious beliefs?

On Tuesday, December 16, constitutional expert Richard Church will examine the religious beliefs of three key Founders, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, especially as evidenced by their private correspondence with one another. In the process, you will learn why secularists and Christians have historically drawn such widely-divergent conclusions regarding the Founders.

Please join us. We meet at noon, order lunch, start at 12:05 p.m., and end at 1:05 p.m. Admission is free. Meal purchases and donations are encouraged.

Bio Sketch: Richard Church is a Constitutional speaker whose online course “Securing the Blessings of Liberty” has been viewed on YouTube more than 28,000 times. Richard studied aviation computer science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and currently works as a freelance website designer. Richard and his wife Brooke homeschool their four children. He serves as the chairman of the Adams County Republican Party and is active in Wisconsin Campaign for Liberty.

"Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. Religion is much more necessary in the republic … it is more needed in democratic republics than in any others. How is it possible that society should escape destruction if the moral tie is not strengthened in proportion as the political tie is relaxed?"
-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835
Further Resources regarding our last Forum
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  • To get involved in the effort to advance right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin, see the website of Wisconsin Right to Work (link).
Upcoming Events
  • In observance of Christmas and New Year’s, the Forum will not meet on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30. Meetings will resume on Jan. 6, 2015. Merry Christmas!