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House Speaker Robert Winthrop—Christianizing Culture

Robert Charles Winthrop (May 12, 1809 to November 16, 1894) was an American lawyer, politician, and philanthropist who at one point in his political career rose to the office of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Like most who lived during the Founding Era of the United States, Winthrop was concerned about the moral character of America’s development. As was characteristic of many Founding Fathers, Winthrop involved himself in the advancement of Christianity in America. He believed obedience to Scripture produced the highest good in human culture, as aptly expressed in his memorable statement: “Men . . . must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong-arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.”

Like other post series, “Speaker Robert Winthrop—Christianizing Culture” is intended to demonstrate—through primary documents—that America’s Founding Fathers bequeathed to their successors a Christian nation. For additional primary sources related to the Christian convictions of House Speaker Robert Winthrop, please see a collection of his speeches and writings:

Robert Winthrop, Addresses and Speeches on Various Occasions (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1852)
House Speaker Robert Winthrop—Christianizing Culture

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Written by Dr. Stephen FlickNumber of posts: 203
Stephen Flick heads Christian Heritage Fellowship, a national organization dedicated to reclaiming America’s Christian Heritage and celebrating the life-changing influence of the Gospel around the world. Concerned with the cultural decay of America, Dr. Flick has sought to provide answers to fellow Christians (and unbelievers) concerning the questions and objections to Christianity often posed by secularists and the irreligious. Dr. Flick is a writer and speaker and has authored numerous articles and books on America’s Christian heritage. He earned his Ph.D. from Drew University in history and Christian theology and has taught at the graduate level as full professor. He has been a licensed minster for nearly forty years and resides in East Tennessee with his wife, Beth. They have two grown, married children and five grandchildren.
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