NOAH WEBSTER’S WORLDVIEW
These four quotes of Noah Webster (Founder of the Webster Dictionary, author, known as “The Father of American Education”) provide insight into his Christian worldview – emphasis added.
In America, the foundational religion was Christianity…
Every civil government is based upon some religion or philosophy of life. Education in a nation will propagate the religion of that nation. In America, the foundational religion was Christianity. And it was sown in the hearts of Americans through the home and private and public schools for centuries. Our liberty, growth, and prosperity was the result of a Biblical philosophy of life. Our continued freedom and success is dependent on our educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity.
American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster 1828.
In my view the Christian religion is the most important…
In my view the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
Preface to the 1828 edition of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language.
The Christian religion is the source of freedom…
The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government…and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.
Writing to James Madison, October 16, 1829.
The religion of Christ is the surest basis of a republican government…
The ecclesiastical establishments of Europe, which serve to support tyrannical governments, are not the Christian religion, but abuses and corruptions of it. The religion of Christ and his apostles, in it primitive simplicity and purity, unencumbered with the trappings of power and the pomp of ceremonies, is the surest basis of a republican government.
Advice to the Young, 1834