Dateline: 29 January 2014
|Painting by Eric Slaone|
“No people,” said George Washington, “can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men, more than the people of these United States.” [In Washington's] time, everyone attended services every Sunday and the church was the center of each village. Conducting business on the Sabbath was punishable; toll bridges were free; it was the custom to walk to church if possible rather than upset the decorum of the day with horses and carriages. Generally speaking, church-going in America has decreased from ninety percent to someting less than ten percent.
Like it or not, accept it or not, the Bible was once the main source of America’s identity.
From, The Spirits of '76 (1976)