John Adams’ Thoughts on Government, Religion, and Freedom

 “And liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people who have a right from the frame of their nature to knowledge, as their great Creator who does nothing in vain has given them understandings and a desire to know.” ((The numbers document the page for the quote in John Adams by David McCullough, 2001. 60)

“Statesmen, my dear Sir, plan and speculate for Liberty but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom securely stand.” (Letter to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776)

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  (Message to Massachusetts’ military officers, October 11, 1798)

“Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind.”  (Article III of the Northwest Ordinance)

“The preservation of liberty depends upon the intellectual and moral character of the people. As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible they should be enslaved. . . .”

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”  (70)

“. . . that form of government with virtue as its foundation was more likely than any other to promote the general happiness.” (102)

In his Thoughts on Government, he called for a “government of laws, and not of men.”

Advocating the principle of separation and balance of powers, he wrote in A Constitution or Form of Government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “. . . the legislative, executive and judicial power shall be placed in separate departments, to the end that it might be a government of laws, and not of men.” (223)

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Christianity Stands True – Introduction

INTRODUCTION

christianityA skeptic taunted a Christian, “Believers are touchy and offended when asked why they believe in Christianity because the awkward truth is that they have no reason, they just feel like believing.”

We do have good evidence for believing that Chistianity is true. Faith is not “believing what you know isn’t so,” as a child misunderstood. Faith is trust based on sufficient evidence.

Purpose and Summary

Christianity Stands True presents evidences that support the truth of Christianity. The purpose of this book is to give a common sense, non-technical presentation of evidences supporting the truth of Christianity. An honest seeker will learn the basis of the Christian faith. The Christian’s confidence that Christianity is true will be strengthened.

The first six chapters state a case for Christianity based on evidence for the historical reliability of the New Testament records. Historically rooted, supernatural evidences summit the claims of Jesus of Nazareth that He was God in flesh. Because He is deity we can accept Jesus’ teaching that the Old Testament is the Word of God and that the New Testament is the Word of God in fulfillment of His promises to the apostles.

The last four chapters trace two confirming lines of evidence. Evidence of design in the physical universe, the human body and the plant and animal world point to a Divine Designer. Christianity rings true in life as it meets the needs of the human heart for meaning, freedom, peace, love and hope. Christianity does in fact stand true.

Christianity Stands True – Foreword

FOREWORD

christianityIn today’s world, the value of Christian Evidences is under attack from two opposite directions. For the most part the secular world simply ignores the claims of Christianity. The assumption prevails that Christianity, like all other religions, is a relic from the unenlightened past that hangs on particularly among the uneducated, who are unable or unwilling to face the sober reality that there is no god, no individual human life beyond the grave and no ultimate purpose or meaning in the universe beyond what we create for ourselves. So-called “evidences” for faith are in reality nothing but rationalizations to buttress a wavering faith that cannot be supported rationally yet emotionally dare not be dropped. The most consistent secularists are quite willing to acknowledge that with the “death” of the God idea also dies any trust in our own nature as rational beings. Continue reading

Christianity Stands True – Contents

Contents

christianityForeword  |  pg. 11
Introduction | pg. 17

1. The New Testament Stands True as History
Part 1 – Authors and Text | pg. 21
2. The New Testament Stands True as History
Part 2 – Historical Accuracy | pg. 35
3. Jesus Stands True as the Son of God
Part 1 – claims to Deity | pg. 49
4. Jesus Stands True as the Son of God
Part 2 – Credentials of Deity | pg.61
5. The Bible Stands True as the Word of God
Part l – Inspiration Claimed | pg. 77
6. The Bible Stands True as the Word of God
Part 2 – Inspiration Confirmed | pg. 89
7. God Stands True in the Universe
Part l – Design in the Physical Universe
and in the Human Body | pg. 105
8. God Stands True in the Universe
Part 2 – Design in the Plant and Animal World | pg. 119
9. Christianity Stands True in Life
Part 1 – Meaning and Freedom | pg. 135
10. Christianity Stands True in Life
Part 2 – Peace, Love, Hope | pg. 147

Notes | pg. 159
Suggested Reading | pg. 167