America's founding relied on faith and reason, writer and theologian says at BYU

by | Oct. 11, 2010

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The American founding is like an eagle that needed both wings — common sense and humble faith — in order to soar, a theologian, author and former U.S. ambassador said Thursday at BYU.

Michael Novak, who has written nearly 30 books, including "The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism," and was awarded the million-dollar Templeton prize for relating theology to economics, explained that many historians today want to eliminate religion from U.S. history and make the eagle fly, impossibly, on one wing.

"To think (the founders) were atheists or relativists is simply contrary to fact," Novak said, explaining that in 1776, the colonists faced the greatest navy on earth and arguably the greatest army.

"Americans didn't have an army or a navy (or) a munitions factory," he said. "In such circumstances, it is wise to have complete trust in Divine Providence, which they did."

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