George Washington, The Mason.
I don’t see how American Christians can get around this fact? And the more I look at the American Constitution, myself, the more I see the Freemason mind-set of the document! Though of course Jefferson was technically not a Mason, but surely he was affected here, with Ben Franklin, and other Masons, etc.
Any other thoughts are welcome! Remember, I am a Irish Brit. and not judging here, just thinking out-loud.
Concerning Thomas Jefferson, I quote this piece…
‘Dumas Malone in his six-volume biography of Jefferson has only one Masonic reference. He reported the Central College cornerstone laying, saying that President Monroe officiated, five visitors (including Presidents Madison and Jefferson) were present, the local Fraternity of Freemasons participated, and a large crowd attended. Still, all of Jefferson’s biographers have considered him an elusive paradox whose private and real nature may not yet have been penetrated.
Malone said that Jefferson was a half-dozen men rolled into one. He was known to his contemporaries as an apostle of Freedom, disciple of Enlightenment, searcher for Knowledge, pursuer of Wisdom through Reason, patron of Education and the Arts, Master Builder and Architect. He believed in God the Creator, and he was the opponent of any union of Church and State. Jefferson may not have been a card-carrying Mason, but his philosophy and actions certainly paralleled Masonic ideals and practices.’
*And we do have the Thomas Jefferson Bible also, hardly a piece of Evangelical Orthodoxy!