Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 4, 2018
4:00 – Kresta Comments: We Hold These Truths
What does it mean to “hold these truths to be self-evident?” Al takes a look at some key phrases from the Declaration of Independence and what they mean today.
4:20 – The Founders and the Bible
In Colonial times, no book was more accessible or familiar than the Bible. It was by far the most alluded to and quoted source during political discourse and was well-known to the Founding Fathers. How did they use the Bible when they were founding the new nation? We’ll look at their diverse use of scripture and theology with Daniel Dreisbach.
5:00 – Why Understanding America’s Religious Past is Essential for its Religious Future
Some people think America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation by devout Christian thinkers. Others say it was founded as a secular democracy. Philip Gorski disagrees with both and says what the Founding Fathers actually envisioned was a republic that weaved together the ethical vision of Hebrew prophets with the Western political heritage of civic republicanism. A lack of understanding of these principles is one of the largest contributing factors to today’s division, where “purple” counties are increasingly harder to find. We’ll talk with Philip about the history of American civil religion and what it means for the future.