Was the Constitution’s Political Vision Formed by the Bible?

In the July 3 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, American University historian Daniel Dreisbach said the Constitution's political vision was in part formed by the Bible. Dreisbach wrote that "The Constitution gives evidence of a political vision informed, in part, by the Bible, and it includes features that were familiar to a Bible-reading people." He added that "the founders' devotion to the separation of powers and checks and balances reflected a biblical understanding of original sin and a … [Read more...]

Friendly Atheist Unfriendly to Bernie Sanders’ Religious Test

What do Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins, National Review's David French, fellow Patheos blogger Hemant Mehta (The Friendly Atheist) and I have in common?We all believe Bernie Sanders was out of line to say he will vote against Trump's Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director nominee Russ Vought because of Vought's religious beliefs.Mehta has gone out on a limb with his readers to take this position, but I believe it is the right one. Article Six of the Constitution … [Read more...]

Does Article II of the Constitution Come from Deuteronomy 17:15?

Self-styled historian David Barton says it does. In a DVD (also on YouTube) called Constitutional Christian, Barton repeats a familiar claim that the Constitution is full of Bible verses (hat tip RWW). Watch:Barton specifically mentions Deuteronomy 17:15 which reads (NASV): you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman. The … [Read more...]