Quotes: America and Christianity


"I don't believe there are any new objections to be


discovered to the truth of Christianity, though there


may be some art in presenting old ones in a new dress.


My faith has been greatly confirmed by the infidel


writers I have read. Men may argue ingeniously ainst


our faith, as indeed they may against anything


-- but what can they say in defense of their own -


- I would carry the war



into their own territories,


I would ask them what


they believe -- if they


said they believed


anything, I think that


they might be shown to


be more full of difficulties and liable to infinitely


greater objections than the system they oppose and


they were credulous and unreasonable for believing it.


If they said they did not believe anything, you could


not, to be sure, have anything further to say to them.


In that case they would be insane, or at best ill


qualified to teach others what they ought to believe or


disbelieve."


- Francis Scott Key, writer of the

Star Spangled Banner



“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in


her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and


it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless


forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and


her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in


her democratic Congress and her matchless


Constitution – and it was not there.



Not until I went into the churches of America and


heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I


understand the secret of her genius and power.


America is great because she is good, and if America


ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”


Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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