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The first Charter of Virginia, a document from King James I of England to the Virginia Company assigning land rights to colonists for the stated purpose of propagating the Christian religion (to Sir Walter Raleigh) in 1584 read as follows:
"We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government."
The Second Charter of Virginia (1609) has this:
"And forasmuch as it shalbe necessarie for all such our lovinge subjects as shall inhabitt within the said precincts of Virginia aforesaid to determine to live togither in the feare and true woorshipp of Almightie God, Christian peace and civill quietnes, each with other, whereby everie one maie with more safety, pleasure and profitt enjoye that where unto they shall attaine with great paine and perill, wee, for us, oure heires and successors, are likewise pleased and contented and by theis presents doe give and graunte unto the said Tresorer and Companie and their successors and to such governors, officers and ministers as shalbe, by oure said Councell, constituted and appointed, accordinge to the natures and lymitts of their offices and places respectively, that they shall and maie from time to time for ever hereafter, within the said precincts of Virginia or in the waie by the seas thither and from thence, have full and absolute power and aucthority to correct, punishe, pardon, governe and rule all such the subjects of us, oure heires and successors as shall from time to time adventure themselves in anie voiadge thither or that shall at anie tyme hereafter inhabitt in the precincts and territorie of the said Colonie as aforesaid, accordinge to such order, ordinaunces, constitution, directions and instruccions as by oure said Counsell, as aforesaid, shalbe established; and in defect thereof, in case of necessitie according to the good discretions of the said governours and officers respectively, aswell in cases capitall and criminall as civill, both marine and other, so alwaies as the said statuts, ordinannces and proceedinges as neere as convenientlie maie be, be agreable to the lawes, statutes, government and pollicie of this oure realme of England."
The Second Virginia Charter 1609 < 1600-1650 < Documents < American History From Revolution To Reconstruction and beyond
The Third Charter of Virginia (1611 - 1612) has this:
"JAMES, by the Grace of God, King of England;, Scotland, France, and Ireland;, Defender of the Faith; To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. WHEREAS at the humble Suit of divers and sundry our loving Subjects, as well Adventurers as Planters of the first Colony in Virginia, and for the Propagation of Christian Religion, and Reclaiming of People barbarous, to Civility and Humanity, We have, by our Letters-Patents, bearing Date at Westminster, the three-and-twentieth Day of May, in the seventh Year of our Reign of England, France, and Ireland, and the two-and-fortieth of Scotland, GIVEN and GRANTED unto them that they and all such and so many of our loving Subjects as should from time to time, for ever after, be joined with them as Planters or Adventurers in the said Plantation, and their Successors, for ever, should be one Body politick, incorporated by the Name of The Treasurer and Company of Adventurers and; Planters of the city of London for the first Colony in Virginia..."
The Avalon Project : The Third Charter of Virginia; March 12, 1611
MichaelJ's words are proof within themselves that atheists DO want to outlaw Christianity. They honestly believe that they have a monopoly on what is and is not relevant in understanding America's Christian history and its context. Even when their interpretations are destroyed, they will seek to change the issues. I'm starting at the beginning of our Christian foundations and WILL address their deflections, side issues, myths and half truths. We just need the whole picture, not a piece here or there.
BTW, what happened to that original Virginia colony? Did it continue or did it have to be re-established later?
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia" (Mayflower Compact 11 Nov. 1620 - modern version)
Before our country could have a "founding," it had to have a history leading up to that founding. What you want to argue is to try and understand the automobile from Henry Ford, forward, leaving out the history prior to Ford in understanding the automobile. Nice try, but no cigar.
Why stop with Virginia? Why not go to the Magna Carta, the Law of the Twelve Tables, even the Code of Hammurabi?
Last edited by StanStill; 27th December 2016 at 10:53 AM.
It would take many many paragraphs to prove the Christian beliefs of the first settlers and that they were here to propagate the Christian religion. I'll list a few things you can look up and see that they are consistent with my previous posts. I'll do a half dozen so that, if you look them up, you will not want to argue that my previous posts were not reflective of all the colonies. Each of these listed will prove our Christian heritage:
* Sir Robert Heath's Patent 30 Oct 1629
* The Charter of Maryland 1632:
"Provided always, that no Interpretation thereof be made, whereby God's holy and true Christian Religion, or the Allegiance due to Us, our Heirs and Successors, may in any wise suffer by Change, Prejudice, or Diminution; although express Mention be not made in these Presents of the true- yearly Value or Certainty of the Premises, or of any Part thereof; or of other Gifts and Grants made by Us, our Heirs and Successors, unto the said now Lord Baltimore, or any Statute, Act, Ordinance, Provision, Proclamation or Restraint, heretofore had, made, published, ordained or provided, or any other Thing, Cause, or Matter whatsoever, to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding."
The Avalon Project : The Charter of Maryland : 1632
Didn't want you to think that this list is fluff. The wording is in all the listed documents
* Grant of the Province of New Hampshire to Mr. Mason - 22 April 1635
* Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1638 - 1639
* Agreement of the Settlers at Exeter in New Hampshire - 1639
* Fundamental Agreement of the Colony of New Haven 4 June 1639
I can cite many more to make the point, but I digress. We need to move further into history in order to understand where we are today.
So you really haven't answered my question.
Here's another: Do you seek out witches in order to kill them? That was practically the central mission of Christians in the 12th and 13th centuries. Yet we hear almost nothing about witches today, and we would punish someone for killing a witch, no?
I suspect that if you traveled back in time just a few hundred years, you'd find Christianity as it was actually practiced to be unrecognizable. You might even find it unrecognizable if you simply traveled to Africa today, where exorcisms are a regular part of most church services.