Many people may wonder why
the Holy Bible
would be included in the list of Historical American Documents
It is a very simple answer
Very often we hear people say, "Where did the Founding Fathers get so many of their great ideas?"
Recently, Dr. Donald S. Lutz and Dr. Charles S. Hyneman made an extensive study to determine which books the Founders relied upon for the basic ideas that went into the formulation of the United States Constitution.
They reviewed an estimated 15,000 items, and closely perused the political content of 2,200 books, pamphlets, newspaper articles, and monographs which were published between 1760 and 1805. The most significant items were selected which amounted to 916 articles. These were carefully analyzed and numerically coded as to content as well as the references cited by the leaders of that era.
It very quickly became apparent where the focus of interest was concentrated in the minds of the Founding Fathers. Of the thousands of citations quoted to support their ideas, 34% came from one source the Bible. Most of these were from the book of Deuteronomy which is the Book of God's Law.
Other citations were scattered over a broad spectrum of writings from historians, philosophers and political thinkers including Montesquieu, Blackstone, Locke, Coke, Cicero, and other intellectual luminaries from the so-called "Enlightenment." But the linchpin that united their thinking on every important principle was the Bible. The Majesty of God's Law W. Cleon Skousen 1996
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