Did America have a Christian Founding? Two popular answers to this query—“Of course not!” and “Absolutely!”—both distort the Founders’ views. There is in fact a great deal of evidence that America’s Founders were influenced by Christian ideas, and there are many ways in which the Founders’ views might inform contemporary political and legal controversies.
And the author makes the following observation, which is the same conclusion to which I came many years ago:
A final possibility is that the Founders were influenced by Christian ideas. Scholars have spent a great amount of time attempting to discern influence. Book after book has been written about whether the Founders were most influenced by *Lockean liberalism, classical republicanism, the Scottish Enlightenment, etc. I believe that this is the most reasonable way to approach the question “Did America have a Christian Founding?” In doing so, it is important to note that nominal Christians might be influenced by Christian ideas, just as it is possible for an orthodox Christian to be influenced by non-Christian ideas. I believe that an excellent case can be made that Christianity had a profound influence on the Founders.
Of course, this historian's article won't end the debate (and I don't necessarily agree with every point), but hopefully it will enlighten readers and clarify some of the opposing thoughts on the topic. Highly recommended.
*This would also be correctly defined as "classical" liberalism, though some have made the absolutely ridiculous and embarrassingly misinformed comparison to modern liberalism in America; which is better classified as socialism or leftist ideology.