Let me say right off the bat that this is going to be a controversial post. The controversy is not in what I say but in the topic. Also be advised that I am not going to respond to comments, however, I will delete any comments that are nasty-natured or hateful. Please don't make me have to do this; keep it civil. The post is to invite thinking and discussion; I'll even tolerate debate, as long as it is not personal or venomous. I will not take sides, although I think this is an interesting concept and most assuredly have my own opinion, open to being convinced, if you think you can! Here goes ....
The question ....
Was The United States of America founded as a Christian nation?
Many think so, citing such ideas as that the pilgrims were Christians looking for safety to worship without religious persecution. Remember that the pilgrims arrived on these shores in the early 1600's (the "official" date is 1620); the split with England, the Revolution and the founding of the US were farther down the road, culminating a century and a half later (1775-1783). We all know how things can change .... think of our country in 185 and now; many changes.
The "Founding Fathers" were of diverse backgrounds and spiritual beliefs. They were Christians of many denominations, deists, atheists, agnostics and Unitarians. Look these up and consider the wide variety of those beliefs. It is important to understand the combined backgrounds of the Founding Fathers before making blanket statements about who they were and what they believed.
I'll say no more now. Please read the links below. I selected some on each side of the argument and at least one that is relatively neutral. If I did not get a balance, please forgive, but this was just a ten minute exercise in research. You can also select your own by googling "Were the Founding Fathers Christians?" or a similar phrase.
Once you've read some of these sources, feel free to come back and comment. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
My thought, and the last one I will offer is this: There is no really clear answer. We must be careful in "quoting" things we've heard; sometimes those words are simply the thoughts of a another person, sometimes a uninformed one.