well.... yes...... ish. The variant threads of Genesis were assembled later from much earlier accounts that appear to have survived in some kind of written form into the diaspora. That's why you get multiple versions of the same story, and editorial comments. The Deuderonomistic Historian (if you haven't heard of that, look it up, you'll find it fascinating) basically took the history coming out of Judah and the history coming out of Israel and just smashed them together with occasional commentary ("and we still call it thus to this day" or "and this was to show that..." type stuff). So apparently portions of what became Genesis was written down in the days of the split kingdom... and just wasn't compiled until there was a real need to use the Text as the center of Yaweh Worship, rather than the Temple.Most modern Bible experts have placed Genesis 1--the first creation story--as one of the latest of Old Testament documents most likley written during the disapora period - probably late sixth century or possibly even a bit later. This would have put it very close to the culture of early scientific thought that gave us Socrates, Plato, Xenophon, Aristophanes, and ultimately Aristotle. However, while the first chapter of Genesis was not exactly produced in a scientific vacuum, it was not intended to be scientific but rather was a pure doctrinal statement to illustrate that all that was, is, or will ever be comes from God. The second chapter of Genesis was one of the earliest manuscripts included in what we call the Old Testament.
that last is very true - they were inherently Lockean in their outlook on that subject.None of this, however, addresses the question of whether the country was founded on Christian principles, but I have always held to concept that one cannot fully understand or appreciate the New Testament without a good grounding in the Old Testament as all the writers of the New Testament well knew and took the content of the Old Testament for granted and assumed their readers did so also. And so did the Founders in their Christian beliefs see that all that was, is, and will be comes from God, and founded this country on that belief and therefore the unalienable rights given by God would not be infringed.