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Intellectual_Perplexion
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Sniperjake1994
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America was not founded as, nor is now, a Christian nation

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Sniperjake1994
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/19/2011 Category: Religion
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Intellectual_Perplexion

Pro

I am arguing that America was not founded as, nor is now, a definitely Christian nation. The founding father's ideologies towards religion were quite ambivalent and deist in nature - not Christian. I would love to hear an argument against this statement.
Sniperjake1994

Con

Thank you for starting this interesting topic. I negate.

Clarifications:
Deist: belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe.
Christian nation: Any nation with a majority of Christians compared to other religions.

Contentions:
1) All 13 colonies had a strong tie with Christianity. The First Great Awakening swept through and united all 13 colonies and setting Christianity as the primary religion. The First Great Awakening sparked Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. The Christian religion had a profound effect on planting seeds of a nation and setting the future nation's primary religion as Christianity.

2) Thomas Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence: "that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." This contradicts what a deist would believe: God does not intervene, thus cannot give rights. Thomas Jefferson wrote the DOI based on the intention of rebellion based on God's direction as England failed to meet their spiritual needs.

3) Pledge of Allegiance states: "for which it stands, one nation under God." Obviously by taking the oath one is acknowledging that this nation was founded on God. Does it mention Allah or Buddha? Was lower cased god spelled? No, it does not. It only mentions God and God only that America stood for.

4) John Jay states: "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." One founding father who became the believed Christianity was the dominant religion. Historically, 45 out of 50 founding fathers did believed America was founded as a Christian nation.

Let is be resolved: America was founded as a Christian nation.
Debate Round No. 1
Intellectual_Perplexion

Pro

Intellectual_Perplexion forfeited this round.
Sniperjake1994

Con

For the fairness of this debate and because my opponent forfeited, I'll also forfeit this round just to keep the playing field even. Good luck in R3.
Debate Round No. 2
Intellectual_Perplexion

Pro

Intellectual_Perplexion forfeited this round.
Sniperjake1994

Con

Sniperjake1994 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Sniperjake1994 6 years ago
Sniperjake1994
Lol, I believe we both lost interest.
Posted by BangBang-Coconut 6 years ago
BangBang-Coconut
I may take this later on if it's still up for debate.
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Vote Placed by Chrysippus 6 years ago
Chrysippus
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro abandoned the debate; thus, conduct to Con. Con was also the only one to make arguments, so he gets those points as well.