Celestial Lands The Religious Crossroads of Politics, Power, and Theology

Bird Wilson

“The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected, Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity….  Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism.”
— from The Reverend Doctor Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in a sermon preached in October, 1831, first sentence quoted in John E. Remsberg, “Six Historic Americans,” second sentence quoted in Paul F. Boller, George Washington & Religion, pp. 14-15

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