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When Thomas Jefferson set pen to hand to write The Declaration of Independence he had no idea the far reaching influence this document would have on the world. The United States, since its founding, has had only one government, as many other countries in the world have had many forms of government. Thomas Jefferson used the Bible as a guide for drafting The Declaration of Independence. The founding fathers based the United States Constitution on the same principles that Jefferson used. Jefferson clarified the importance of the separation of church and state in his letter to the Danbury Baptists. Each document clearly states that there should be a clear separation between church and state. The theme of The Declaration of Independence is a declaration of facts about the unfair treatment of the colonies. The Constitution in comparison is the solution to the unfair Facts listed in The Declaration of Independence. I believe Jefferson based the theme of the Declaration on Matthew 22:21, “They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.” and Romans 13:1 "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God." When Madison and the other founding fathers were drafting the Constitution they continued Jefferson’s theme by posing solutions to the Facts Jefferson listed in the Declaration of Independence. One could say that Jefferson wrote the instruction manual for fair and effective government. To answer the question, “What do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U S Continuation thought about the separation of church and state or about the separation of God from government?” As I mentioned earlier I feel like Jefferson was thinking about Matthew...

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