Statue of John Witherspoon at Princeton University Photo credit: Max VT (CC-By-NC-SA 2.0)
Statue of John Witherspoon at Princeton University
Photo credit: Max VT (CC-By-NC-SA 2.0)

John Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister, President of what became Princeton University, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He believed there were four “truths of the everlasting gospel.” They were, in his words, “the lost state of man by nature; salvation by the free grace of God; justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ; and sanctification by the effectual operation of the Holy Spirit.” For Witherspoon, these truths were not only vital to the Christian faith, but they were necessary to the very foundation of a nation. L. Gordon Tait wrote that Witherspoon believed that “religion was the bedrock of a strong, virtuous, nation,” and that Witherspoon was “in the mainstream of early American political thought.” What on earth happened to us?

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