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October 11, 1782: Fourteenth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

October 11, 1782: Fourteenth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American Christianity, Congressional Spiritual Proclamations, October Articles

October 11, 1782 Congress issues thanksgiving proclamation In 1776, America’s Continental Congress began to issue two spiritual proclamations a year until near the end of the War of Independence. Since November 1777 when Henry Laurens was President, Congress had issued a fall thanksgiving proclamation calling the states to remember their spiritual “duty” to offer...Read more... Read more...

March 20, 1781: Seventh Congressional Fasting Proclamation

March 20, 1781: Seventh Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American Christianity

March 20, 1781 Congress issues seventh fasting proclamation There is no historical evidence to support the myth that America’s Founding Fathers were Deists or irreligious. Rather, just the opposite is true. Not only is the historical record replete with the Christian character of the English colonies that gave birth to America, but from the beginning of America as an independent...Read more... Read more...

March 19, 1782: Eighth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

March 19, 1782: Eighth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American Christianity

March 19, 1782 Congress issues eighth fasting proclamation to states Far from pushing Christianity and religious observance from the life of government, the Continental Congress (and subsequent Confederation Congress) endorsed and encouraged Christian observances such as fasting, prayer, and thanksgiving. No single denomination or church was permitted to dominate at the congressional...Read more... Read more...

March 16, 1776: Second Congressional Fasting Proclamation

March 16, 1776: Second Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American Christianity, March Articles

March 16, 1776 Congress issues second fasting proclamation to states The Christian influence upon the formation of the Thirteen English colonies prior to the American Revolution, may be seen everywhere in the historical records of each colony. During and following the Revolution, America’s Founding Fathers continued to influence the politics of their states and nation with their...Read more... Read more...

March 11, 1780: Sixth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

March 11, 1780: Sixth Congressional Fasting Proclamation

American Christianity

March 11, 1780 Congress proclaims sixth fasting proclamation to the Thirteen States During the American Revolution, Congress issued sixteen spiritual proclamations calling upon the Thirteen States to fast, pray, and give thanks to God. Congress usually designated a day when the proclamations were to be observed. So seriously did Congress take these Christian spiritual practices that it...Read more... Read more...

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"Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles of the Christian religion. Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century; and civil liberty has been gradually advancing and improving, as genuine Christianity has prevailed. By the principles of the Christian religion we are not to understand the decisions of ecclesiastical councils...No; the religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government. "
– Noah Webster
"Schoolmaster of America"
Webster, History of the United States, 299f
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