Quotes about Religion and Government from Constitutional Fathers

by Matt Slick


The Necessity of Religion

    • "During the Reign of Terror, France was declared to be a nation of atheists by the National Assembly. But a brief experience convinced them that a nation of atheists could not long exist."
         "Robespierre then proclaimed in the Convention that belief in the existence of God was necessary to the principles of virtue and morality on which the Republic was founded. And on the 7th of May, the national representatives voted by acclamation that “the French people acknowledged the existence of the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul.” (Tan, Paul Lee, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations, (Garland, Texas: Bible Communications, Inc.) 1996.)
    • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." (John Adams, 6th President of the U.S.)
    • "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration...they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct." (John Quincy Adams,  6th President of the U.S., July 4th, 1821)
    • "The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. In what light soever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue." (John Adams, 6th President of the U.S.)
  • GOD:
    • "If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being a gift of ALMIGHTY GOD, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave." (Samuel Adams, 1772)
    • "You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe."(John Adams, 6th President of the U.S.)
    • "Let them revere nothing but Religion, Morality, and Liberty... Religion and Virtue are the only foundations, not only of republicanism and of all free governments, but of social felicity under all governments and in all the combinations of human society." (John Adams, 6th President of the U.S.)








About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.