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History Study: Fruits of Independence Part 2

This was in a real sense a Christian nation. Not that all the people or all the leaders were Christians (they weren't) and not because it perfectly conformed to the Scriptures at every point (it didn't), but because the over-arching vision was one inherited from Christianity, the Christianity of the Reformation, especially as it had come to them through Great Britain. Alexis de Tocqueville observed this phenomena during his visit and travels throughout the country. "There is an innumerable multitude of sects in the United States. They are all different in the worship they offer to the creator, but all agree concerning the duties of man to one another. Each sect worships God in its own fashion, but all preach the same morality in the name of God." He went on to say that surely some men did this merely out of habit rather than conviction for we cannot know the hearts of men, but, nevertheless, America is still the place where the Christian religion has kept the greatest power over men's minds."