the federalist papers were written by others also. these writings, along with the writings of other founders are important to understand intent.
the founders not only intend to have a nation based on christian principles, but they intended a christian nation. why? because the basics of freedom, equality, and accountability, are biblical teachings. one big reason the catholic church didn't want people to actually read the thing. when they did, they found that their salvation was not in the church. bummer for the catholic church.
â€œ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianityâ€¦ I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.â€
â€œ[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.â€
Samuel Adams: â€œ Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deityâ€¦ and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.â€ [October 4, 1790]
John Quincy Adams:â€¢ â€œWhy is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?" â€œIs it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity"?
--1837, at the age of 69, when he delivered a Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Charles Carroll - signer of the Declaration of Independence | Portrait of Charles Carroll
" Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments." [Source: To James McHenry on November 4, 1800.]
Benjamin Franklin: | Portrait of Ben Franklin
â€œ God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babelâ€ â€“Constitutional Convention of 1787 | original manuscript of this speech
â€œIn the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answeredâ€¦ do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?â€ [Constitutional Convention, Thursday June 28, 1787]
In Benjamin Franklin's 1749 plan of education for public schools in Pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach "the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern."
In 1787 when Franklin helped found Benjamin Franklin University, it was dedicated as "a nursery of religion and learning, built on Christ, the Cornerstone."
i have heard ben franklin called an atheist. doesn't sound like one. i have lots more of these, but you get the idea. we don't teach this because of the mistaken rulings of the supremes and the advocacy by the ACLU on the part of those who want knowledge withheld.