No Mention of God in the U.S. Constitution?

As profoundly religious as our founders were, don’t you ever wonder why God is not mentioned once in the U.S. constitution?

RightOFLeft on May 19, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Read the Signatory section at the end of the Constitution:

Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.

To whom does “our Lord” refer?
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To what reference date does “in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven” refer?
The birth of Jesus Christ.

(Similar to how “and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth” refers to 1787 is the twelfth year in reference to 1776 being the first year of the Independence of the United States of America.)

I refer you what I wrote earlier about the Mayflower Compact. Note that the signatory section of that document reads:

In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.

At that time, they were required to call their King “Sovereign Lord”. King James was in his 18th year of reign over England, France and Ireland, and in his 54th year of reign over Scotland. But “Anno Domini” is Latin for “In the Year of Our Lord”, and the document ends “Anno Domini 1620”. See the similarities with how our Constitution’s signatory section reads?

Both documents honor our Lord Jesus Christ.

See also: References to God in all 50 State Constitutions

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10 Responses to No Mention of God in the U.S. Constitution?

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  4. On a different but related note, Muslim students at Christian-rooted Trinity University in Texas want the school to remove the words “Our Lord” from their diplomas…

    By having the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord,’ it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.”

  5. When it comes to the Founders and the Constitution, David Barton knows orders of magnitude more than Jon Stewart.

    Jon Stewart threw every straw man (that his staff gave him on note cards) that he could at David Barton, and Barton knocked every single one of those straw men down. Barton has spent decades studying thousands of primary source documents. Stewart has spent minutes, possibly hours, studying the note cards his staff gave him. It was no contest. Every time Stewart threw a false accusation at Barton, Barton countered with the truth. And every time, Stewart would interrupt Barton’s answer. Stewart could only crack a joke or change the subject; he couldn’t have a straight-up discussion of the truth.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/david-barton-pt–1

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/david-barton-pt–2

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/exclusive—david-barton-extended-interview-pt–1

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/exclusive—david-barton-extended-interview-pt–2

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-may-4-2011/exclusive—david-barton-extended-interview-pt–3

    I would love to see a similar discussion between David Barton and “Constitutional Law” lecturer Barack Obama.

    When it comes to the Founders and the Constitution, David Barton knows orders of magnitude more than Barack Obama.

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  7. Sean says:

    Using that type of phraseology was common on documents for the time to write dates that way – plain and simple – it is not an endorsement for or against a deity.

  8. Sean, read this and try to tell me that Founders did not endorse Christianity. From the Mayflower Compact to the U.S. Constitution, the Founders of this country endorsed Christianity. The signatory section of the U.S. Constitution refers to the year of the birth of “our Lord” (capitalized) and the year of the birth of our nation.

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