America owes its prosperity and plenty to all the diverse atheistic cultural groups that came together as a providential example of human reasoning and skill. These atheistic collectives combined to produce our uniquely secular Constitution and governing institutions.
Consider where it all began. The first arrivals crossed the Bering Strait, then a cold, dry land bridge because of the Ice Age. They brought with them their belief in the Great Spirit of Logic which they celebrated at their campfires by devising efficient ways to hunt and farm. Thus, these Indians became the first environmentalists. To protect the environment, they consciously chose to remain in the Stone Age for thousands of years, forgoing the use of electricity, plastics, and labor saving machines to protect their beautiful land and wildlife.
When barbaric Vikings from Northern Europe arrived in America, the Indians met them and showed them their ways. Some of the amazed Vikings stayed and joined the Indians. Others returned to Europe and introduced their Scandinavian brothers and sisters to the Great Spirit of Logic. Hence, early in its history Scandinavian became renowned for its peaceful ways and near absence of warriors.
Now we go to the Middle East. Here, a thousand years earlier, long before Lief Erickson trod the shores of North America, a great philosopher named Jesus began popularizing the works of little known Jewish philosophers. These philosophers had done ground breaking work on the rules for rational human behavior, but few knew of or understood their great accomplishments. Unfortunately, generations of ignorant Jewish scribes had obscured their insights with strange notions about an angry God and multitudes of needless rules and laws. Fortunately, a gentile named Jesus, a star student educated by the best Greek and Roman teachers, discovered well preserved copies of the works of those little known Jewish philosophers. Curious, he delved into them and was amazed by what he had found. Subsequently, he assembled a team of fellow philosophers, and he taught them what he had learned.
Jesus died shortly thereafter, but the work he had started continued. His disciples taught others and made disciples of those they taught. Thus, through his first disciples Jesus slowly became famous for teaching what ancient Indians had learned long ago on the other side of the word. Humans can solve any problem by reasoning together and working together. In time, man can make his collective will the supreme force in the universe. In time, man can be his own god.
Seeing that Jesus had discovered a path for the works of man to make salvation possible, his disciples soon began to call him the Christ (meaning the savior) and themselves Christians. Therefore, Jesus ironically attained to the status of deity from his more gullible disciples.
Fortunately, Jesus’ first disciples preserved his teachings in their class notes, but most of the world was illiterate. So Christianity spread slowly, and its adherents mixed up Jesus’ teachings with strange beliefs. Then in 15th century, someone invented the printing press. So most of the educated people of Europe were able to read both the works of the those little known Jewish philosophers and the class notes of Jesus’ disciples.
Unfortunately, the arrival of the printing press resulted in competing interpretations of Christianity and chaos. As various groups strove to practice their own versions of rational and well-reasoned living, the old pagan institutions strained and finally began to slowly crumble. Still, many Christians sought escape from their persecutors in the New World. Here are some of the better known groups.
- Disciples of the Church of England, devoted to prosperous living, sought escape in Virginia.
- Pilgrims for Stoicism and later the Followers of Puritanical Reason settled in New England.
- The Rational Friends settled in Pennsylvania.
- The Proponents of the Catholic Mind settled in Maryland.
The Atlantic Ocean was not wide enough. The adherents to the old pagan gods were still strong enough in England to torment the Christians in the New World. So the thirteen colonies, all practicing various versions Jesus’ teachings (now intermixed and strengthen by the Indian’s belief in the Great Spirit of Logic) decided to declare their independence. So they wrote up a declaration. They declared that the rights of men depend upon the rational collective will of mankind, not the rantings of those who believe in nonexistent gods. Then, they listed their grievances and crudely told King George III where to stick it.
The rest is history.