Effects Of 7 Men's Beliefs On American Independence

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Effects of 7 Men’s Beliefs on the American Independence
Erisa Lee
Seoul Christian International Institude

This paper explores about 7 men’s - the founding fathers’- religious views. Faith and religion played a strong role in America 's Founding; the religious view of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington influenced each of their decision to support American independence from Britain. They, the founders did not have a common religious tradition or an established church. They differed in their attitudes toward the religion, but usually they kept their
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Hamilton biographer John C. Miller (1959) wrote: "Like most American patriots of his generation. Hamilton believed that he was fully competent to elucidate the intentions of the Almighty. Conceiving the universe to be essentially mechanistic, governed by laws which the human intelligence could discover and comprehend, it seemed to Hamilton and his fellow patriots that human affairs were likewise controlled by laws which could be reduced to a few simple principles." (p. 14). Hamilton wrote out the qualifications of his ideal wife: "As to religion, a moderate streak will satisfy me. She must believe in god and In 177 hate a saint." (2005). As he approached the end of his life, Hamilton 's religious faith strengthened. Historian Alf J. Mapp, Jr.,(2005) wrote: "Ever paradoxical, Hamilton, who had seemed to abandon his early piety for a more casual attitude to religion, had become intensely reverent. He had never had the opportunity to execute his plans for a national organization of Christians to elect like-minded men to political office, to establish schools, and to circulate Christian-oriented publications commented on current events." (p. 108). Mapp (2005) wrote: "Even before Hamilton left Washington 's cabinet, where he had performed so brilliantly and been so influential, his life was on a downward course and he was almost stifled by depression. Political frustration was not the only cause. Financial problems and his wife 's lingering illness were strong contributing factors. Apparently, through all these vicissitudes, religion brought little comfort." (p. 104). Hamilton 's piety seemed further to increase on his deathbed in July 1804. In a letter to his wife shortly before his duel with Vice President Aaron Burr, Hamilton concluded: "The consolations of religion, my beloved, can alone support you; and those you have a right to enjoy. Fly to the bosom of your God and be comforted. With my last idea I
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