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America's Godly Heritage clearly sets forth the beliefs of many famous Founding Fathers concerning the proper role of Christian principles in education, government, and the public affairs of the nation. The beliefs of Founders such as Patrick Henry, John Quincy Adams, John Jay, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Mason, and many others are clearly presented. America's Godly Heritage also provides excerpts from court cases showing that for 160 years under the Constitution, Christian principles were officially and legally inseparable from American public life. The DVD by the same title graphically displays statistics showing what has happened to America since the courts have begun rejecting the Founders' beliefs. This book is an excellent primer for those who want to know more about what was intended for America by the Founders and what can be done to return America to its original guiding philosophy. It's ideal to share with home gatherings, church groups, and Sunday school classes, or to use as a history supplement for children or schools.
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Studio: Wallbuilders Press
Record Label Wallbuilders Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.78" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2003
Publisher WALLBUILDERS INC #870
ISBN 0925279919 ISBN13 9780925279910 UPC 896559001045
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More About David Barton
David Barton has been a Research Associate at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at OISE, Toronto. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Lancaster University.
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Truth about God's place in American History Apr 3, 2007
David Barton stands out as one of the foremost proponents of Christian values in public school. He is trying to educate those of us educated in public school in those times when God intervened in American history in the lives of the founding fathers. He gives much insight as to the true intent they had in the Constitution of the United States of American and what it should stand for. All of God's people ought to be ashamed to have been asleep in 1962 when God started being systematically removed from our schools and public places. Thank you David for leading the charge, even if there are not too many of us that feel the way you do. God Bless you.
A concise, quick reference Mar 18, 2007
This booklet gives the views of America's Founding Fathers concerning the proper role of Christian principles in the public affairs of the nation. An excellent introduction to the subject.
THE "CLIFFS NOTES" TO BARTON'S MASTERPIECE Sep 23, 2005
'AMERICA'S GODLY HERITAGE' is a 30-page booklet, the text of which is simply the lightly edited, transcribed soundtrack from David Barton's videotape presentation of the same name. Being fairly brief and inexpensive, this booklet would make a fine gift to give away to individuals (and interested groups) who seek to know a little bit about this aspect of America's history that has been swept under the rug of secular textbooks for close to half a century now. Although slight in size, 'AMERICA'S GODLY HERITAGE' packs a wallop, and will make the head (that still believes "separation of church and state" is some principal plank of American government) spin!
If you've spent any time browsing the this site website, you don't need me to tell you that there are MANY reviewers who exhibit much greater devotion to promoting and defending their chosen beliefs than to seeking the truth - whatever that truth may turn out to be. A reviewer here (I'll call him "Mr. Smith") denounces 'AMERICA'S GODLY HERITAGE' as a misrepresentation of fact. In this case, however, I do not doubt the sincerity of "Mr. Smith" - I think he genuinely believes what he expresses. But I also believe that he has been misguided and led astray.
Yes, there are many publications out there that attempt to paint an untraditional and often unflattering portrait of America's Founders. Considering the age we live in, it's not the least bit surprising that the market has been flooded with revisionist history books that tell, not just little fibs, but Tsunami Lies! In fact, this has become so prevalent in the last several decades that, as I understand it, the Olympic Committee is seriously considering making both, dog-sledding and Founding Father-spinning, officially sanctioned events in the next Olympiad!
I just don't think there are too many different ways a person can interpret this statement by JOHN ADAMS :
"The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were...the general principles of Christianity...I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
I think BENJAMIN RUSH (a signer of The Declaration Of Independence) meant exactly what he wrote in his autobiography :
"My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it."
And when JOHN JAY, the original Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court - and one of the three men most responsible for the Constitution - declares :
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty - as well as the privilege and interest - of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
I have a hard time thinking he meant that in some "rhetorical" way. I don't know, call me a moron if you will, but I think I'm fairly bright as morons go.
(When the Founding Fathers wrote that they were declaring their independence from England, I wonder if they meant that in a merely "rhetorical" way too, but King George III mistakenly took them seriously.)
Make no mistake about it : nearly all of the 55 Founding Fathers who worked on the U.S. Constitution were members of ORTHODOX Christian churches, and many of them were evangelical Christians.
As impressive as 'AMERICA'S GODLY HERITAGE' is, it can't be considered as anything more than the "Cliffs Notes" for Barton's REAL masterpiece : 'ORIGINAL INTENT: The Courts, The Constitution, & Religion.' 'ORIGINAL INTENT' is an exhaustive tome of stellar and scholarly research that covers the same ground, but buries six feet deep the efforts of secular revisionists.
And while 'ORIGINAL INTENT' is the direction I would ultimately point you in, 'AMERICA'S GODLY HERITAGE' might be the best place for those people unprepared for the startling truth to begin an inquiry. Certainly it would be better to let this little booklet prep your mind and whet YOUR INTEREST, than to dive right into 'ORIGINAL INTENT' and perhaps short-circuit your mind and wet YOURSELF!
A Refreshing Reminder of Our Heritage Sep 9, 2005
David Barton, in the tradition of John W. Whitehead (The Second American Revolution) and Francis A. Schaeffer (The Christian Manifesto) revisits the role of Christian culture in American history. Relying for the most part on original source documents Barton convincingly demonstrates that most of our founding fathers were Christians and used the principles of the Bible in founding this nation. I showed this to my Sunday school class and they loved it. Guy Willis
Incompetent research makes for bad history Apr 9, 2005
David Barton's basic approach is to glean comments from great colonials and USAmericans, excise these comments from their historical and rhetorical contexts, and proceed to utilize these comments to present these individuals as if they are a spitting image of contemporary evangelical Christians.
Lest anyone accuse me of being a left-wing, anti-Christian radical, I'm not---to the contrary, I am a conservative-evangelical pastor of a Southern Baptist church. However, as a Christian, dishonest, incompetent research in areas related to the Christian faith bothers me deeply. And Barton's research is certainly incompetent.
What Barton overlooks is that ...
(1) ... by the late 1700s, the religious landscape of the colonies had shifted radically, away from the Puritan ideal and even away from the conversional fervor of the Great Awakening. The founding fathers were, with a few possible exceptions, Deists---not Christians. To identify Deistic quotations as reflections of Christian faith is not only to misrepresent the dominant "religion" of the colonials but also to denigrate Christian faith, which is utterly incompatible with colonial Deism.
(2) ... early Americans were still sufficiently influenced by the state church unity of Europe that religious language frequently has a rhetorical function that may or may not have described the writer's actual beliefs.
The central difficulty in Barton's works is that he has a preconceived assumption---that USAmerica was founded as an innately Christian nation---and he trims all of his evidences to fit this false premise.
An entire book could be written, cataloging more misrepresentations from David Barton. However, I hope that these brief comments will at least encourage persons to approach this book with great caution. Even if you choose to read this book, please supplement it with such well-researched books as _This Rebellious House_ by Steven Keillor and _America's God_ by Mark Noll.