A history of the Christian foundation of the America, filled with little known stories which disprove today's PC's - reivisionist history! by Mark Vogl
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Forged in Faith,by Rod Gragg is a 200 page, heavily researched and footnoted, history of the settling of the colonies and the role Christianity played in the development of the American Way.
The stories in this book will surprise you, if you have not spent much time lately in the discovery, settlement and organization of the colonies. And the "PC" assertions that the signers of the Declaration and the Founders were all Deists, Unitarians and atheists will be disproven by the very words and writings of the men so often incorrectly described!
What may shock you even more is where the Christian faith came from, what part of the nation? And then, how the different colonies were actually founded by religious leaders of different faiths, from Catholic to Calvinist, from Baptist to Quaker! Each of the early colonies seemed to be a haven for a single religion, but later ones embraced tolerance for all Judeo - Christian faiths. But in every case, in every colony there was a requirement to believe in a single God, with strong references to Christ.
This is not the first book to address these issues. Maybe the best base book for any library on this subject is The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States. This thousand page work, published in the heat of the American Civil War, in 1864, goes in to great detail in providing a starting point for understanding how America truly is a manifestation of God's love for man. In this work it is abundantly clear that the Christian faith was present at every step of the discovery, settlement, formation of the colonies and of the United States.
But there are other works you may want to consider for your library. The Theme is Freedom, Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition by M. Stanton Evans. Published in 1994, this book is more a political primer for modern times connecting history with the present. We Hold these Truths by Lawrence Patton McDonald has an introduction by Dan Smoot, Big Sandy, Texas just down the road from Rebel Mountain.
Forged in Faith is important because it talks alot about the Higher Law as the source of American political thought. The Higher Law is the law emanating from God through the Bible. Forged in Faith walks the reader through the lives of the men who shaped the earliest political traditions of America. It smoothly, and in very interesting stories, shows the connection between God, church, Bible, and how American democracy and law are all connected. And the men who did it are the very men you know, Washington, Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, et. el. But, what this work does is give you an inside look at these men's personal faiths and belief in Christ. And it is this intimate connection which destroys the myths of revisionist history!
A basic law of historical research is; read the words of the men themselves. Don't read secondary accounts, don't listen to the experts. Read it for yourself. You decide what they were saying! You decide what they meant.
In Forged in Faith you will see that this is not the first time America has drifted from God. You will also learn about the Great Awakening, the first national revival, even before we were a nation! Forged in Faith is not the end all book on this topic, but it's a great starter. You won't be able to put it down. It's well written and moves quickly. It's a great book to read aloud to your partner, husband or wife, or finance. If you have questions about your nation, and or your God, this is a book that can lead you to the answers.
I strongly recommend Forged in Faith
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