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Christianity in the American Government- Laws and Money

American Money

            Though the ideas of a government with a Christian agenda began in the early times of our settlers, it has continued until this very day with the printing and coining of all American currency. “IN GOD WE TRUST” appears on all forms of American money from the penny to the one-hundred dollar bill. Similarly to the pledge of allegiance, the U.S. government began printing “In God We Trust” on all American legal tender as a way to increase religious sentiment in a time of conflict. This addition to our currency was added during the civil war as the nation’s Christian population increased dramatically. According to the Secretary of Treasury in 1861, he began to receive an influx of letters demanding that the union make a coin recognizing their faith. The first of these letters was written to secretary chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Pennsylvania. In this letter, Reverend Watkinson states that by producing such a coin “This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed.The “IN GOD WE TRUST” motto first appeared on an American two-cent coin in 1864. Continue reading

The Christian Majority

The Christian Majority

By David McAfee

 

Aside from Christianity, there are thirteen other major religions in the world, and at least ten denominations of each of them. Right now, there are more than 6,500,000,000 people in the world and more than 4,000,000,000 of them are not followers of any denomination of the Christian church. There are over one hundred and thirty belief systems in the world with over a million followers; each of these systems has values, morals, beliefs, and ideas unique to them. The fact that this large number of religious structures exist makes it difficult to imagine that the United States of America, the most diverse nation, is so overwhelmingly Christian in its governing. Continue reading