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WASHINGTON (RNS) For centuries, Jesus has been a subject of choice for countless artists. But it’s fair to say that seldom has he been depicted quite like this. In artist Jon McNaughton’s “One Nation Under God,” Jesus stands front and center at the nation’s capitol, holding the Constitution and surrounded by historical luminaries like George […]

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  1. Marjohna Kathryn Madsen

    Great painting! Everyone in this country does not have to be a Christian to retain the liberties protected by the constitution and to appreciate the Christian nature of it, because liberty is the Christian ideal. Please note that a statement that is negative about the churches of the eighteenth century does not indicate a hostility toward Christianity or the Judeo/Christian religious morality by the founders of the nation. Quite the contrary. Many, including Thomas Paine, felt that the churches of the time failed to live up to their ideas of Christianity. If you take the writings and sayings of these people as a whole, you will be sure to get a more accurate picture.
    As to people who have to make snide remarks and take offense at the convictions of others, why don’t you please just go paint your own picture. You will probably see some other nation in the world and then you will know which one will make you happy.
    For those who work at universities with names that definitely indicate their founding in Chrisianity and who can’t recognize the same in the country, what is with that? Please don’t tell me it is scholarly honesty. Other people can read too. Maybe some people do go overboard on their history interpretations, but I personally can handle honest personal passion a lot better than academic pc.

  2. it is scholarly honesty. Other people can read too. Maybe some people do go overboard on their history interpretations, but I personally can handle honest personal passion a lot better than academic pc.

  3. Religion as a whole, particularly Christianity, may be considered a part of American History. But that shouldn’t be an entire lesson. All that should happen in an American History classroom concerning religion is an explanation of the role of religion in American society, and only if its role was significant in the relevant historical event or mood being discussed.