Introduce your child to ‘John Adams’

Parents and grandparents, the HBO seven-episode series “John Adams” is an outstanding story of a key founding father, with the background of the conflict with the British, the Revolution and the founding of our country.

This story is told with production values through the roof, a gift to every American in my view, and every adult should watch it. It is a gripping story of the life of one imperfect lawyer and farmer, the impact he had on our country, and how he would never have achieved much without his best friend and confidant, his wife Abigail.

I am having my 13-year-old daughter, Melanie, watch the series as a form of homework – wish me luck! To prepare for that, and to make sure she stays awake, I prepared some background information, and a series of questions for each episode.

I would recommend this series highly to every American adult, and especially teens.

Terry L. Garlock

Peachtree City, Ga.

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John Adams--a Non-Christian

A Deist, or Unitarian, I wouldn't think you would want your child to emulate.
I am assuming of course that you are a Christian and just didn't know tht most of these "founding fathers" were non-believers in The Christ!

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Then obviously you don't know

the Founders.. To say they were atheist is ludicris at best ignorant at worst.

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Atheists? What?

Nowhere in the post did he/she say the founders were atheists.

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Well Nuk he did say

"I am assuming of course that you are a Christian and just didn't know tht most of these "founding fathers" were non-believers in The Christ!"

a·the·ist [ áythee ist ]
unbeliever in God or deities: somebody who does not believe in God or deities
Synonyms: nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, agnostic, freethinker, humanist

I think that sums it up quiet nicely..

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Lindsey: HELLO?

The founders were almost all deists and certainly didn't believe in Jesus Christ, so how does that make them "atheists" or "Christians?" They were neither and I cannot believe I am having this discussion with you who should know this already.

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Well Nuk it was maybe a weak attempt

to draw out ms on his/her knowledge of the subject.. I had hoped I would get a response.

Deism and Unitarianism are really like comparing apples and oranges in one important sense.. Unitarians are more of an organized religon whereas Deism is more of a viewpoint and cannot really be classed as such.. a religon.

There were simularities between the two and each idea was expressed rather well in letters between and by Adams and Jefferson.

Deism and Unitarianism had significant differences from Protestant/Calvinist/Anglican orthodoxy during that time period.

Adams was one of the only first five presidents that outright professes Unitarian thought and belief at least in the classic sense. His writings bore this out. Other Founders are much harder to get a handle on and tended to blend their beliefs.

I just wondered were MS was going with the string and wanted to pick at it just a little..

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John Adams a Christian Free Thinker and Unitarian

What was noble of our founding fathers is they were all Unitarians. They didn't believe in the three headed god of the trinity. Adams and Jefferson wrote many letters to each other mocking the foolishness of such a convoluted man-made doctrine. Revelation was always given to the One God prophets and the Constitution is no exception. They were not idolatrous as trinitarians are.

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NO WAY

John Adams couild have been a "Christian freethinker" and a Deist or Unitarian--same thing.

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I have seen three episodes of

I have seen three episodes of John Adams. The acting is superb and the educational value is undeniable; unfortunately, the series includes graphic scenes that probably would result in an R rating in a theatrical release. In my opinion, the series is not appropriate for children under 16 or so.