- Assure salvation
- Believe in a precise theology
- Convert nonbelievers
"My friends, don't get me wrong, our forefathers were deeply religious men, but they were Deists - men who believed in God, but in a universal and open-minded way. The only religious ideal that they put forth was religious freedom... America's forefathers had a vision of a spiritually enlightened utopia, in which freedom of thought, education of the masses, and scientific advancement would replace the darkness of outdated religious superstition."
Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol
Well said on both counts.