An archeologist celebrates America’s Christian heritage with a fascinating find. Show Notes

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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A bit of American history comes alive—and reminds us of our country’s Christian roots.

Archaeologists at Jamestown, Virginia have discovered the original church building built at James Fort in 1608. It's the church where Indian maiden Pocahontas was married. 

Pocahontas is best known for saving the life of Captain John Smith, who helped establish Jamestown in 1607. Archeologist Bill Kelso says he's 100 percent sure he and his team have discovered the first Protestant church in America. 

Kelso also found graves, and says it's possible that Rev. Robert Hunt is buried there. Hunt came with the first English settlers in 1607 and planted a cross on the shore, claiming the New World for Jesus Christ.  

In 1617 Governor Samuel Argall replaced the church...and a rebuilt church greets visitors today. 

Archeologist Kelso says this about his find: “This testifies that Christianity served not only as a foundation of America, but continued to thrive in a harsh new world of uncertainty.”

By the way, many Americans don’t know that Indian maiden Pocahontas later converted to Christianity. If you visit the Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC, be sure to look for the famous painting by John Gadsby Chapman entitled “The Baptism of Pocahontas.”

If you’d like to teach your kids about the Jamestown Colony and its place in American history, go to www.preservationvirginia.org.

 
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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