Mobile, AL — WKRG
Christianity was one of the most prominent religious at the time of America’s founding. In 1776 the Declaration of Independence said “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Those are words written respecting Christianity while also separate from the church.
“It’s both very religious and at the same time part of the age of enlightenment, the age of reason and the insistence of reason over government,” said Father Christopher Viscardi. He is the Theology Department chairman at Spring Hill College. He says Thomas Jefferson’s writing was more in line with Enlightenment thinkers of the time.
“He had admired Jesus as a moral teacher and the creator as endowing us with human rights so he was more of a rationalist than a diest at that time,” said Viscardi. In America you can worship wherever you want if you choose to worship at all, and father Viscardi points out the original settlers of this country were look for freedom from religious persecution.
“There were 13 different colonies and they all had different denominations and so as time went on the idea of toleration became more and more important,” said Viscardi.