That link only provided 8 people.
Yep, that's right.
Unless I missed something you only listed 8 people.
I don't have a detailed analysis for every single one of them; I draw my conclusion from the various essays I have read on the subject. It might well be that when people say "majority of the FF", they actually mean the "Big Names" (to use Fortigurn's phrase), since this tends to be what most people mean when they speak of the FF.
If you mean the big names then yes but your claim of the majority is not accurate.
Please prove that it is not accurate.
I doubt, for example, that when the average American says "the Founding Fathers", the names of fifty-six different men spring immediately to the minds of his audience.
That's how the Founding Fathers are defined. They are those who are responsible for both originating and establishing the political government, not just the big-named ones. You've only named a handful of the founding fathers who just happened to be more famous than the rest. But everyone knows that the term refers to all who were responsible. Whether people can recite the names of all 56 men is irrelevant.
Yes, that is how the Founding Fathers are defined. But in my experience, that is not usually what people mean when they refer to the Founding Fathers. For practical purposes, most people use "Founding Fathers" as a collective term for the "Big Names."
Notice also my quote from Till's essay, with particular reference from the Christian geezer who admits that Christians constituted as little as 5% of the population during the 1770s.
Okay, well I think we can safely say that it's a bit of an exageration to say most. I've read that most were Protestant, a couple were Catholic and some deists who didn't believe in organized religion.
Do you have a source to prove that most were Protestant? I'd be very interested to see it.
Edited by Evangelion, 11 October 2005 - 06:19 AM.