This morning I gave my talk, “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation,” as part of the Pathways Institute at Messiah Village, a local retirement home loosely affiliated with Messiah College. I hope I gave the forty or so people in attendance something to think about. Though I lectured on the usual topics– religion and the founding documents, the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers, and the role that Christianity played in the coming of the American Revolution–my main goal was to get them to see that the question of whether or not America was founded as a “Christian Nation” does not lend itself to easy answers. How we define “Christian” or “nation” makes a big difference in how we approach this topic.
The audience was very engaged and our two hours together went by quickly. Thanks to Susan S. of the Pathways Institute for inviting me to speak.