At Eagle Heights Christian School, we teach that our great country was founded upon a strong belief in and reliance on God. In many ways this documented fact has been attacked and suppressed in recent years.
We have included a speech from Benjamin Franklin which was given during the Constitutional Convention in 1787 just a short 11 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed as an example. In this speech, we see a glimpse of the dependence many of our Founders had upon God. We can also see a reason to teach about this in American history.
This is not to say that every Founder was a true believer in Jesus Christ or that there was not religious controversy even then. In fact, this speech from Franklin is surrounded in a bit of controversy itself. (Click here to read about it.) America's heritage includes sinful failures of Christians as well and we teach about these failures in the context of a Biblical worldview. We teach that mankind is in need of a Savoir due to their sinful natures. We teach that men even at their best are just men. We believe and teach that we should learn from the good and the bad of our American history and get involved in government as God allows.
We realize that more and more there is an effort to expunge the clear fingerprints of a Christian heritage in our nation's historical narrative. We desire to keep that narrative as part of the scope and sequence of teaching American history. We point our students through their textbooks, research projects and even field trips to clear evidence of our nation's godly heritage. You can see some of the resources we utilize below.
Now, here is the quote from Franklin and a link to the whole speech. These types of speeches, quotes and the context in which they were given are so important for our students to learn from.
Benjamin Franklin's Entire Speech before the Constitutional Congress 1787 - Click here to read.
Click here to download a free PDF digital copy of The Papers of James Madison which include this speech. The is a free book provided by Google.
If you are interested in this type of Christian education for your student, please click here to contact us. We also invite you to download a copy of our free guide to help you ask the right questions as you visit various Christian school options or visit our Prospective Parent pages.
You can also read other articles of interest below.
Another resource we use as we teach and research American History is Wall Builders List of Historical Documents - Click to Visit.
Watch this short video clip and click here to download or purchase the whole DVD video called, "Americas Godly Heritage"
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