Proof that Washington was a Christian?
Q.Could you please tell me the primary source where George Washington states "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible"? and Could you please tell me if there is any proof that George Washington was a Christian? I understand he does not speak much about his being a Christian in his writings but that he did attend church. Would you happen to have any quotes by him? Thank you for your help.
A.There are hundreds of writings of Washington out there. In fact, the University of Virginia has been publishing volumes of work for 50 (I believe!) years now. They are well over a hundred volumes strong. You can find more about them at: www.virginia.edu/gwpapers
Also, another great place to look on the web is at the Library of Congress. You can do a search for specific topics or phrases from his writings.
While the quotation you cite this has been widely attributed to Washington, there is no evidence that he is the source. There are several schools of thought regarding Washington's religion. While he was certainly a religious man, whether he could best be classed as a Deist, a devout Episcopal, or a Christian is a matter of debate. The Mount Vernon website has pages devoted to Washington's religion and to spurious quotations attributed to him.