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Noah Webster famously said, “The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.” He was not alone in this thinking. In the 15,000 documents from the colonial era, there are 3,154 references to other sources including French philosopher Montesquieu and English Philosopher John Locke. The Bible however, is referenced 34% of the time - almost four times more than the second-most quoted source.
Scripture also has influenced many U.S. Presidents. Calvin Coolidge said, “If American democracy is to remain the greatest hope of humanity, it must continue abundantly in the faith of the Bible.”
Harvard, Yale, and Princeton all were founded by Christians as Bible-teaching institutions. Many institutions of higher-learning in this country began as places where students went to earn more about the Bible; soon, other academic pursuits were welcomed at these universities, too.
The Salvation Army, a Christian organization, was founded in London by the preacher William Booth. He saw people cold and hungry in the streets and sought ways to find help for those in need of food and shelter. The organization now helps people in 127 countries around the world.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is known by historians as the "Father of the Scientific Method." He pioneered the idea of testing a hypothesis to construct an accurate representation of the world. This idea led to an unprecedented time of research and discovery. Not only was he the founder of the scientific method, but his philosophies encouraged the application of science for the good of humanity—ideas which helped launch the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s.
The Bible, and curiosity of the way the universe works, influenced Sir Isaac Newton’s search to understand gravity and discover the Three Laws of Motion. His faith was always the foundation of his work. Newton said, “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.”
The Guttenberg Bible is widely credited as the first mass printed book in history. The desire to get Bible’s in the hands of readers ushered in the age of printing in the West. This is known as the Guttenberg Revolution and soon many printed book about politics, literature, and philosophy spread across the West.
Michelangelo used one of the most loved heroes of the Old Testament as the inspiration for his masterpiece, David. The 17-foot tall marble statue is one of the most admired and studied sculptures ever created. The statue captures David as he is considering combat with Goliath, and is also a subversive political battle cry as David’s sharp gaze points toward Rome.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is one of the world’s most famous paintings, often discussed, praised, and even satirized. Nothing evokes the image of Jesus’ last night with His disciples more than this painting. It captures the humanity and conflict within each of disciple as they learn one of their own will betray Jesus.
The iconic image of Michelangelo’s masterpiece is the hand of God reaching out to touch the hand of man, but the ceiling of the chapel also tells the story of Adam and Eve, The Garden of Eden, and the Flood.
Cinematic legends Cecil B. DeMille, Charlton Heston, and Yul Brenner teamed up to create this masterpiece, nominated for eight Oscars.
Not only is the title of Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel inspired by the book of Revelation, but italso retells the story of the Israelites in the wilderness. Instead of Egypt, Steinbeck’s characters flee the Oklahoma Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. The film was nominated for seven Oscars and is #21 on American Film Institute’s all-time great film list.
Mel Gibson's controversial epic about the final week in the life of Christ earned three Oscar nominations and is still the highest grossingR-rated film ever released
Ben-Hur isn’t a character from the Bible, but the story’s plot features a prince-turned-slave who actually witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus. It went on to win 11 Academy FifoundingAwards (a record it still holds), including Best Picture and is one of the most epic stories ever put to film.

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