Next ask him how then can the United States Constitution be a Christian document or part of our “Christian Heritage”? He will more than likely point to a Supreme Court ruling from several decades after the founding that determined “we are a Christian people.” Or something similar.
That settles it for him. No amount of logic regarding the actual words of the document seems to penetrate. It almost feels futile to even try.
Usually he is a very intelligent person, but it's as if he were hypnotized. A spirit of enthusiastic patriotism has him in its thrall. Like Frodo, the ringbearer, when the evil eye atop the Mountain of Doom brings him temporarily under its spell.
Sometimes the arguments are more sophisticated. One well known Christian Federalist will tell you that the religious test may have been banned, but that doesn’t stop Americans from applying a religious test when they vote.
That’s called “The Fallacy of Definition”. Shifting definitions in mid-argument. Sorry, but that’s a foul ball.
This reasoning can become so convoluted we are constantly tempted to dismiss it in a light-hearted manner. Fathoming the Christian Federalist mindset has challenged political scientists for over 200 years. It almost makes the rubic’s cube look like child’s play.
It appears to this writer as a frustrating refusal to deal forthrightly with contrary evidence in the primary documents -- the United States Constitution itself, the Federalist Papers, and Notes From the Convention.
The spell must be broken. Frodo must cast the ring into the fire. The Kingdom must be reclaimed. There is too much at stake for such a large segment of the Christian community to be left confused about the nature of our national covenant. Middle Earth must be saved.
Dialog is important. For that I would refer you to our forum section or interviw questions section to engage in some friendly discussion on the United States Constitution. Please don’t hold back. Posterity is counting on us.
Short List of Contemporary
But first we must identify some of the players. We've compiled a list of Christian Federalists, many of whom have been dubbed with the unofficial title of “American Christian History Expert.” There is stiff competition for this honor, so we’ve listed as many of the competitors as we can think of here:
CHRISTIAN FEDERALISTS IN AMERICA
Stephen McDowell, author of "America's Providential History"
Who Else Deserves Inclusion On This List?
Have we left somebody important off the list? Do you have a favorite author or book written about the U.S. Constitution or America's founding? Maybe even one of the authors listed above? Perhaps you strongly agree with the author, or maybe you disagree. Have you been “itching” to tell someone? Are your “critic juices” flowing?
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Please don’t get me wrong, I am not questioning the Christian faith or dedication of any of these contempory Christian Federalists. They are all strong Christians.
But somehow I think their patriotic zeal has gotten the better of them. It’s like a set of red, white and blue colored glasses that clouds their perspective.
I do not question their faith or their sincerity. At the risk of condescension, I do question their ability to look at some fairly basic factual information and interpret it objectively.
Patriotism is a powerful emotion, coupled with historic inertia. It's the old saw in action that if you repeat something long enough and loud enough eventually most people will come to believe it.
I invite any of the above-mentioned Christian Federalists – or any others – to submit an interview in response to the following questions. These are questions that must be dealt with before the Constitution can be declared a Christian document.
In the spirit of friendly debate we will post their answers on our BLOG and forum. Working together I think we can get closer to the truth.
On the other hand, there may be some among our readers who are on personal terms with some of these authors and might be willing to interview them as part of our group research project. If that is the case, you are more than welcome to do so.