The 5000 Year Leap

George Washington: The first President of this United States of America had no doubts about the Christian pillars foundational to the very existence of this nation:

“Believing as I do, that Religion and Morality are the ‘essential pillars’ of civil society,”

“With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.” [Farewell Address]

George Washington identifies this religion of America and American Schools as the “religion of Jesus Christ!” “Above all, the Religion of ‘Jesus Christ’.” – [SOURCE: George Washington – Speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs, May 12, 1779].

George Washington also declares how we know about this American Religion: “The blessed Religion revealed in the Word of God will remain an eternal…monument …”[SOURCE: George Washington – Draft of First Inaugural Address, April, 1789].

Willard Cleon Skousen (January 20, 1913 – January 9, 2006) was Mormon, and was an American conservative author and faith-based political theorist. Skousen unmistakably captured the essence of the Founding Fathers’ belief in God’s involvement in the founding of our nation in one of his most popular works called, The 5,000 Year Leap.

The full title, The Five Thousand Year Leap: Twenty-Eight Great Ideas That Are Changing the World,  was published in 1981 and asserts that the United States prospered because it was established upon universal natural law principles passed down from Common Law and traditional Judeo-Christian morality, as many of the Founding Fathers were guided by the Bible among others, and consequently that the U.S. Constitution incorporates enlightened ideas.

On a personal note, as an evangelical Christian, there is a broad expanse between the theology of Jesus Christ and Biblical Christianity and the Mormon belief. However, while I won’t agree with Skousen and his theology, I say he’s got it absolutely right when he exposits the historical facts about the effects of the Bible and fundamental Christian principles upon the Founders of this United States of America!

George Washington wrote:

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

To that end, I think that The 5,000 Year Leap ought to be mandatory teaching in all public and private American and Christian schools, mandatory in all Home-Schooling programs, and in every institution, university, and college in America. And I think it should be a must-read in every generation and every Christian.

Here is a link to a downloadable  PDF version: The 5000 Year Leap: STUDY GUIDE


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