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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Andrew Jackson: Heavenly thoughts

Worth his weight in gold...   (PD)
Now that Andrew Jackson has jumped from the twenty-dollar bill into the headlines, it’s time to revisit his religious views.

From cradle to grave, Jackson was imbued with a strong set of beliefs.  He was “raised a strict Presbyterian,” was not particularly religious as a young adult, “but became progressively more so” as time went on.

Staunch as Jackson could be about doctrine, he was equally staunch about separation of church and state.  He also “preached religious tolerance,” at least among Christians of different denominations.

Some better-known Jackson quotes are as follows:

The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.

You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.

One man with courage makes a majority.

Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.

And on his deathbed:

What is the matter with my dear children, have I alarmed you?  Oh, do not cry – be good children and we will all meet in heaven.


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