Myth: USA values come from christian beliefs, based on democratic principles of christianity.
Many Americans believe our values come from Christian beliefs. Some believe Christianity produces democracy and that without Christian principles, there can be no democracy.
Reality: Democracy existed before Christianity. Democracy, as originated by Greeks, was not a democracy at all; women and slaves could not vote. What was true for Greek democracy was also true of USA democracy; women and slaves were excluded from our democracy. Women and slaves did not have a right to vote, and they had no social, familial, or political power whatsoever. USA wasn't founded as a democracy, but as a democratic republic.
Democracy is not based on Christian principles. Members of the House of Representatives were elected directly. The authors of the Constitution worried about "mob rule" and therefore created a government which could stamp out resistance to authority. Have you notices how government treats legitimate resistance today?
The "divine right of kings" was explicitly based on Christian principles. Subjects were to obey authority. Many important Christian leaders throughout history have not only not advocated democracy, but have in fact been very authoritarian, such as the Roman Catholic church as well as Luther and Calvin and many other Christian leaders.
Jesus did not argue for democracy, but instead to follow him and his lead. USA values come from christian beliefs, based on democratic principles of christianity is a completely false claim that has no basis in historical reality whatsoever.