A symbolic victory over secularism and irreligion

On October 4, 1982, the U.S. Congress “authorized and requested” President Ronald Reagan “to designate 1983 as a national ‘Year of the Bible.’ ” Public Law 97-280 resolved that “our nation” needed “to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures” to the problems of the new decade.

Fittingly, Reagan publicly fulfilled Congress’s request at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on February 3, 1983. In the official statement, Proclamation 5018, Reagan declared: “The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.”

Campus Crusade for Christ leader Bill Bright, who suggested the proclamation to Reagan in the first place, believed that such initiatives were leading to a civil revival in the United States. Religious broadcasters and other Protestant leaders cheered the proclamation, viewing it as a symbolic victory over the forces of secularism and irreligion in the United States.

Quote source

McVicar, M.J. (2015). Christian Reconstruction: R.J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism [ebook]. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. Location 3861 of 7838


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