Today we continue our series examining our Founding Fathers in their own words and considering their high esteem for religion, religious liberty, and virtue.

Below is an excerpt from the writings of Alexander Hamilton, one of our founders and our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, dated 1799. It discusses the French revolutionary wars and contrasts the actions of the French with those of other nations.

“How clearly is it proved by this that the praise of a civilized world is justly due toChristianity;—war, by the influence of the humane principles of that religion, has been stripped of half its horrors. The French renounce Christianity, and they relapse into barbarism;—war resumes the same hideous and savage form which it wore in the ages of Gothic and Roman violence.”