JOHN ADAM’S WORLDVIEW
These four quotes of John Adams (Founding Father, first Vice President and second President of the United States) provide insight into his Christian worldview – emphasis added.
It is religion and morality alone…
“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.”
Letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776
Solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty…
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
Letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776.
Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people…
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
Message to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, October 11, 1798
The general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable…
“The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only principles in which that beautiful assembly of young gentlemen could unite …… And what were these general principles? I answer, the general principles of Christianity, in which all these sects were united: and the general principles of English and American liberty, in which all those young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence.
“Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty, are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system.”
Excerpt from a letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 28th, 1813.