...if they had any inkling that this country would have gone so far from God? A question posed by buckster in our [just closed ; no complaint on the closing rule, though] thread on "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. IMO, I think they would have still have left God out. They so feared a national religious establishment they would not have risked it. They were very conscious of the need for a virtuous citizenry and were even then anxious about losing that, anxious enough that I believe that if they had seen a place for God in a Federal Constitution they would likely have done it. Many of them complained about England's vices yet they knew that England had a national church. They knew that the institutions both best suited and critical for teaching religion were the home and the church, and that to the extent the government should be mixed it should only be at the state level; even many state religious establishments were fading.