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[COMMENT: John Adams was not an orthodox Christian, but he was not a
Deist (who believe that God pays no attention to His creation and that we
operate more or less independently of Him). Benjamin Franklin had been a
Deist at one point, but concluded that it was not an adequate way to view God.
The founding fathers all believed that we are both corporately and personally responsible
before God, our Creator and Sovereign. It would be accurate to say that
Adams was a Unitarian, and, in that respect, within the general Biblical worldview.
He was neither pagan nor secular.
American Minute with Bill Federer --
January 31, 2006
Jacob Duche' was born this day, January 31, 1738.
He was the Anglican clergyman who, at the request of the Continental Congress, opened the first session of Congress with prayer.
Conscious of the impending British attack, Rev. Jacob Duche' read Psalm 35:
"Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me...Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me."
John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail:
"Rev. Duche' appeared with his clerk and in his pontificals, and read several prayers in the established form, and read...the 35th Psalm... I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. It seemed as if heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that morning.
After this, Mr. Duche', unexpectedly to every body, struck out into an extemporary prayer, which filled the bosom of every man present.
I must confess, I never heard a better prayer, or one so well pronounced...with such fervor, such ardor, such earnestness and pathos, and in language so elegant and sublime, for America, for the Congress, for the province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the town of Boston.
It has had an excellent effect upon everybody here. I must beg you to read that Psalm.
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