People today think for some reason that the founding fathers were religious men, you know "Good-old Christians" and the sort.

Of course this isn't exactly true. Sure, they did think a god of some sort existed, but if they said things like "It's made one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites", and "Lighthouses are more useful then churches", then it's safe to assume that they were for the most part deists, merely using a god to "Fill in the gaps" if you will.

That said, they were also part of the upper class, a position that often buys you a chance to doubt your faith in a way the more desperate lower class folk often couldn't or didn't want to. Thus, it's safe to assume most people were more religious at the time.

But I'm curious, what exactly did the poorer majority think of their dear founding fathers religious stance(s)? Did they know of their doubts and if so did they think less of them for that? Or is it like today, where most people wrongly assume the founding fathers to be faithful men of the book, oblivious to their actual alignment?

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    WRT your last paragraph, perhaps it would be helpful to ask what percentage of the general population of the time was more than nominally religious. – jamesqf Feb 24 '17 at 18:47
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    Please, provide sources of your quotes as well as names. Also, how many of the founding fathers are you asking about? Everybody who signed DoI? "They" were definitely not homogeneous in their beliefs. – Moishe Kohan Feb 24 '17 at 19:04
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    I think there's strong evidence that some of the big names like Jefferson were probably not Christians but kept their personal convictions closely guarded. Consider the purpose and history of the Jefferson Bible. Even today, an open atheist will likely not win any American election, so it's really not a stretch to think the average revolutionary American believed the founding fathers were true believers. – 1973 Feb 24 '17 at 19:25
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    An interesting list of religious quotes from some founding fathers. I found Jefferson's and Franklin's interesting. Most in the list are not well known anymore, if they ever were. – 1973 Feb 24 '17 at 19:36
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    @fredsbend - A large amount of the "Founders", including 3 of the first 4 presidents were what we call Deists. They believed in God, but not the Trinity. Most Christians today would not consider a Deist a Christian. – T.E.D. Feb 24 '17 at 19:41