SAMUEL ADAMS’ WORLDVIEW
These four quotes of Samuel Adams (Founding Father, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, also known as “The Father of the American Revolution”) provide insight into his Christian worldview – emphasis added.
The truest friend to the liberty…
But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen to office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.
Essay in the Public Advertiser, 1749.
The rights and freedom being given of the Almighty…
The rights and freedom being given of the Almighty…The rights of the colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.
“The Rights of the Colonists,” 1772.
Our forefathers opened the Bible to all…
Our forefathers… opened the Bible to all, and maintained the capacity of every man to judge for himself in religion. Are we sufficient for the comprehension of the sublimest spiritual truths, and unequal to material and temporal ones? We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought and dignity of self-direction which he bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may his kingdom come!
American Independence Speech, 1 August 1776
I thank God that I have lived to see…
I thank God that I have lived to see my country independent and free. She may long enjoy her independence and freedom if she will. It depends on her virtue. She has gained the glorious prize and it is my most fervent wish… that she may value it and improve it as she ought.
Letter to Richard Henry Lee, 1783