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A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools

The following is part of the transcript from a letter written in 1791, which was published by the American Tract Society in 1830. To purchase the whole text of Dr. Rush’s letter, see The Bible in Schools pamphlet that can be found in the WallBuilders store. Dear Sir: It is now several months since I […] The post A Defence…

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Sermon – Fire – 1840

Samuel Kirkland Lothrop (1804-1886) graduated from Harvard in 1825 and from the Harvard divinity school in 1828. He was a minister at the Unitarian Church in Dover, NH (1829-1834) and at the Brattle Square Church in Boston (1834-1876). Lothrop was a delegate to the Massachusetts state constitutional convention (1853), and served on the Boston school […] The post Sermon –…

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Thomas Paine Criticizes the Current Public School Science Curriculum

Thomas Paine concerned about the content of our current science courses? Definitely! In a speech he delivered in Paris on January 16, 1797, Thomas Paine harshly criticized what the French were then teaching in their science classes-especially the philosophy they were using. Interestingly, that same science philosophy of which Thomas Paine was so critical is […] The post Thomas Paine…

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Advice from Thomas Jefferson – “Adore God”

As the Founding Fathers retired and grew old in the nation they had worked so hard to create, many people wrote to them from all over the world for a wide variety of reasons. In fact, it is estimated that Thomas Jefferson wrote at least 19,000 letters throughout the course of his life—and that’s a […] The post Advice from…

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Church in the U.S. Capitol

Many people are surprised to learn that the United States Capitol regularly served as a church building; a practice that began even before Congress officially moved into the building and lasted until well after the Civil War. Below is a brief history of the Capitol’s use as a church, and some of the prominent individuals […] The post Church in…

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In Rare Oral Hearing, High Court to Hear Rare Claim of Vast Federal Power

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Friday, January 7, in a surprise special session that was announced by the justices before Christmas. The nine-member court will hear two vaccine mandate appeals by the Biden administration: one related to forced vaccination of medical workers and the second related to an OSHA rule forcing businesses […] The post In Rare…

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Richard Henry Lee Copy of John Adams Letter

While serving as President of the Continental Congress in 1785, Richard Henry Lee wrote to John Adams, who was serving as ambassador to England, urging him to assure the Archbishop of Canterbury that Episcopalian Americans were not resistant to bishops appointed from England. This letter was enclosed with a letter sent by John Jay on […] The post Richard Henry…

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Christians, Religiously Unaffiliated Differ on Whether Most Things in Society Can Be Divided Into Good, Evil

Many major religions have clear teachings about good and evil in the world. For example, the Abrahamic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – use concepts such as God and the devil or heaven and hell to illustrate this dichotomy. It may be somewhat unsurprising, then, that highly religious Americans are much more likely to […] The post Christians, Religiously…

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Sermon – New Year – 1799

David McClure (1748-1820) graduated from Yale in 1769. Though he taught for a time, he was ordained in 1772 and was a missionary to the Delaware Indians for sixteen months shortly after his ordination. McClure was the pastor to a Congregational church at North Hampton (1776-1785) and later a church in East Windsor, CT (1786-1820). […] The post Sermon –…

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Striking Findings from 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, here are some of Pew Research Center’s most striking research findings from the past year. These 15 findings cover subjects ranging from extreme weather to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing demographic shifts in the United States. And they represent just a small slice of the year’s full list of research […] The post Striking Findings…

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Sermon – New Year – 1861/ 1862

These two sermons were preached by George L. Prentiss in 1861 and 1862 on the new year. Some of the Providential Lessons of 1861. How to Meet the Events of 1862. TWO DISCOURSES, Preached December 29th, 1861, and January 5th, 1862, By REV. GEORGE L. PRENTISS, D.D. SERMON. PREACHED ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 29TH, 1861. […] The post Sermon –…

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Sermon – Christmas – 1844

Christmas in Early America In America’s early years, the celebration of Christmas was a subject of heated debate among Christians, and the lines between the opposing views were drawn largely according to church affiliation. Those from the High Church (e.g., Anglicans, Catholics, Episcopalians, etc., which practiced a more formal tradition of worship), tended to support […] The post Sermon –…

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6th Circuit ‘Punts’ Mandate Issue to SCOTUS

Religious organizations have filed an Emergency Stay Application with the U.S. Supreme Court to protect religious employers from President Biden’s mandate that private sector workers get COVID shots or submit themselves to frequent tests. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay against the mandate, but that was lifted by the Sixth Circuit in […] The post 6th Circuit…

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Sermon – Christmas – 1788

James Dana (1735-1812) graduated from Harvard in 1753. He was ordained as a minister in 1758. His first congregation was in Wallingford, CT, and later was minister at the first church in Haven (1789). Dana was a vocal supporter of the American Revolution, preaching sermons in New Haven, CT during the legislative session. Below is […] The post Sermon –…

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Americans Still Support Celebrating Christmas in School

Most Americans believe religious faith makes the world a better place, and are overwhelmingly in favor of allowing Christmas celebrations in schools. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults think America would be a better place if most people attended religious services on a regular basis . […] The post Americans Still…

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Truman Christmas Card 1950

  Christmas Greetings 1950 As 1950 ebbs to its close our earts turn once more to Bethlehem and to the coming of a little child, the Divine Infant that brought love to a weary world. This is the season of love – the season wherein our thoughts are of the love of friends, the love […] The post Truman Christmas…

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About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Are Now Religiously Unaffiliated

The secularizing shifts evident in American society so far in the 21st century show no signs of slowing. The latest Pew Research Center survey of the religious composition of the United States finds the religiously unaffiliated share of the public is 6 percentage points higher than it was five years ago and 10 points higher […] The post About Three-in-Ten…

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Sermon – Earthquakes – 1755

Rev. Jonathan Mayhew (1720-66) was a Massachusetts clergyman. He graduated with honors from Harvard in 1744 and began pastoring the West Church (Boston) in 1747. He preached what he considered to be a rational and practical Christianity based on the Scriptures. Mayhew was a true Puritan and staunchly defended civil liberty; he published many sermons […] The post Sermon –…

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Supreme Court Says Texas Heartbeat Law Can Remain In Effect Amid Litigation

The Supreme Court has ruled that Texas abortion providers can sue over the state’s ban on most abortions, but the justices are allowing the law to remain in effect. The court acted Friday, more than a month after hearing arguments over the law that makes abortion illegal after cardiac activity is detected in an embryo. […] The post Supreme Court…

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Noah Webster Letters

Below are some of the handwritten letters and notes Noah Webster wrote regarding his research surrounding his edition of The Holy Bible. These notes were written on the galleys, or proofs, of his Bible about to be printed. The letters also contain information regarding the printing of the Bible. Observe that we omit the Contents […] The post Noah Webster…

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