Who Was John Locke?

The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting!  (6)
–  John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher and political theorist who influenced America’s Founding Fathers

Source:  GoodReads

[I]n John Locke’s 1690 Two Treatises on Government, on which [America’s] Founding Fathers so heavily relied, he invoked the Bible in 1,349 references in his first treatise and 157 times in his second one.

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 54 and reprised on page 156.

We see Locke’s influence on our country’s founders in the way that they themselves wrote about what they were doing.  To be specific:

[I]n Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, he quoted directly from eight different Bible phrases.  In Benjamin Franklin’s famous address to the Constitutional Convention, he quoted eight different Bible phrases in only nine sentences.  In a letter from George Washington to Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, Washington quoted seven different verses in only four sentences; and in a letter to a Hebrew congregation, in only two sentences he quoted nine Bible phrases.  Significantly, when modern political scientists examined fifteen thousand representative Founding Era writings from the realms of politics, government, journalism, sermons, literature, and education, they found that the single-most-cited source throughout those diverse works was the Bible, with 34 percent of the quotes taken from the Bible.

Source:  U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots by David Barton and George Barna, Frontline, 2014, page 44.

For an extensive list of quotes like this from American leaders and those who influenced them, see Historic Quotes About the Bible.

 

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