applejack wrote:But if quotes like Thomas Jefferson's remark about Christianity being a superstition is any indication, some of the Founding Fathers were hostile to Faith as well. The trend of the day amongst many of the Founding Fathers it seems was using Reason to understand God.
Perhaps, but remember that some of these phrases can be taken a tad out of context. It's easy to merge an argument against religion into an argument against faith. For many the two are one and the same.
I think most of them were more into the last sentence you say. "Using reason to understand God", a truely noble cause (even if you don't believe in God, it serves science in genera if followed with a level head). I agree, that's probably what they did, rather than all outright hating belief itself.