Noah Webster and Religion
New Testament, revised by Noah Webster, 1833
Religion – I… A belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man’s obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man’s accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life with the practice of all moral duties…. the practice of moral duties without a belief in a divine lawgiver, and without reference to his will or commands, is not religion.
Religion was an important aspect of Noah Webster’s life. As a boy, he attended church with his family and learned to read from the King James Bible. His father was a deacon in the local Congregational church, the highest lay position. As he aged and raised his own family, Noah’s faith grew even stronger. He led his wife and children in daily prayers, using a prayer book he wrote.