Indispensable Supports

12/03/10 | Category: Founding Fathers

Millau Viaduct, France

In the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 the United States Congress stated that three things should be taught in schools. These were:

1. Religion

2. Morality

3. Knowledge

If we look at the quote by Franklin in his Creed, we can clearly see what was to be taught as a basic set of beliefs, as apposed to specific doctrines or a particular dogma, that would basically include all the faiths of the world. In fact when Franklin set forth these points of “sound religion,” Samuel Adams added that these basic truths actually constituted the “religion of all´┐Ż mankind.”

Thomas Jefferson called these basic beliefs the principles “in which God has united us all.”

George Washington added, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports… Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?” … “In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness [religion and morality].

Often these words are used to divide people into sects, denominations, groups, classes, etc… But as we can plainly see, the founding fathers knew that we could actually use these words to unite all mankind, starting with these United States. A study in these three areas, as taught in the classical sense of a liberal education using mentors and the classics, can again unite us all. A proper understanding of Religion, Morality and a passion for Knowledge all brought together by the guidance of a Judeo-Christian world-view was key in giving our forefathers the perspective of Love One Another and other biblical teachings. Their particularly varied faiths were their own but they came together on these basics to create a model that worked exceptionally well.

We have fallen far from these Indispensable Supports and have allowed the foundation to erode. BUT, I believe a proper study and understanding of these basics will lead us to uniting under principled commonalities instead of being divided by the few doctrinal differences that some would intentionally point out in order to cause contention and dis-unity.

Our intention is to bring these ideas back into the conversation through art, music and stories so they can awaken us to the hope that lies ahead…

How does Religion, Morality and Knowledge effect art and creativity?

How has being unaccountable to anyone but ourselves; exploiting one another; and the falling away from a solid understanding of the classics affected art and creativity?

Rusty Robson

CM Publishing Team

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