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Overview FAITH OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS How firm a foundation?
Were the men who carved this great nation out of the wilderness and drafted its founding documents God-fearing, Bible-believing Christians? Or, were they enlighted Deists, Transcendentalists, and Unitarians?
Educators, scholars, and historians have for years argued both sides of the issue. But, what do the facts say? What do the actual founding documents say? What do the intimate papers, diaries, and letters of the founders themselves say?
In this probing study, Dr. Tim LaHaye moves past all the rhetoric, argumentation, and historical revisionism and simply examines the plain evidence. Like an undaunted detective, he uncovers long forgotten clues to the true faith of America's founding fathers.
This book goes a long way in solving the mystery of our nation's past.
Publishers Description Best-selling author Tim LaHaye blasts a hole in the common "separation of church and state" argument that has brought about the secularization of American society. By recording the writings of the founding fathers, LaHaye offers a bullet-proof case that America was founded on Christian principles. High school - adult.
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jul 30, 1996
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0890512019 ISBN13 9780890512012
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More About Tim LaHaye & LaHaye Tim
Dr. Tim LaHaye is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and author. His Left Behind(R) series is the bestselling Christian fiction series of all time. He and his wife, Beverly, live in southern California. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Greg Dinallo is a veteran suspense novelist. He lives with his wife, Gloria, in New York City.
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Tim LaHaye currently resides in the state of California. Tim LaHaye was born in 1926.
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Faith of Our Founding Fathers Jan 15, 2007
Everyone needs to read this book so that they can remember from their childhood education or learn for the first time what our country was founded on!
historical depth Aug 20, 2006
An important book for anyone involved in the educational, political, legal or spiritual activity of this nation.
Less than honest Dec 9, 2004
As a pastor I suggest that Tim Lahaye vision of the Founding Fathers is a less than honest interpretation and revisionism of the lives of these men.
He regularly removes quotes for their historical context and readily leaves false impressions of the spirituality of what was a broadly diverse group of men. Deists, Unitarians, athiests, orthodox and more were the roots of American constitutional government.
Some like Patrick Henry are discussed as beacons of Christian orthodoxy without acknowledging that many of the most orthodox worked against the ratifying of the constitution by the states.
Individual quotations never tell the whole story of the man. The language of God was part of the general public discourse and was used often by many founders for its effect. While at the same time they, also, spoke boldly of the destructive nature of religion, the absence of God from this world in any intimate mannet, the evil of the institutions of faith, etc.
Jefferson's work on his missal called "The Jefferson Bible" displayed a rationalistic distaste for all things supernatural in the Gospels. He and many recognized the destruction the faith wars of europe had caused and believed the philosophies of Hume held more hope than irrational faith.
All in all LaHaye's work borders more more on fiction than fact and serves neither the church nor the public discourse of these men and the events they forged.
Here are some facts to consider... from a Christian Aug 21, 2004
As a Christian who studies the Bible on a daily basis, I'm disgusted by how people will listen naively to whatever Tim Lahaye and others say because it sounds pleasing, without thinking critically. (The Bible has many warnings about that too.)
If you really want to learn about the "Faith of Our Founding Fathers" from a scholarly source by somebody who actually has researched facts, then I recommend an accurate and fair (and enjoyable) book instead called, "The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America" by Frank Lambert instead. (ISBN 0691088292)
Yes, the U.S. colonies were established primarily as Christian colonies. However, there were so many disagreements in beliefs, that the states ended up persecuting people who preached different doctrines. People were being hung in Massachusetts because of their beliefs, and that was why Roger Williams left to found Rhode Island, a state that tolerated different religions.
In Virginia, Baptists preachers were thrown in prison because they disagreed with the established Anglican church. One of the people impacted by this was James Madison, who himself had attended a presbyterian seminary. His first action as a freshman lawmaker in Virginia was to fight for the rights of religious minorities. He became a decisive force for the separation of church and state.
Because of the persecution of religious minorities and the efforts by the established churches to silence dissent, the popular attitude was to hate the established churches, because they were seen as power-hungry and corrupt (like some today). That is why people like Madison and Jefferson fought for the creation of a secular government that "deregulated" churches and created a free-market of religious ideas.
Yes, there were other people (like Patrick Henry) who wanted to establish a Christian church, but guess who won in the end? Madison and Jefferson sold the founders on the idea that keeping the church and state in their own separate spheres was best for everyone, and the conventions agreed!
The framers were afraid that if they mentioned God in the Constitution, then that might lead to entanglement between the church and state. Instead of deriving their governmental authority from God, as had been done by other states before them, they wrote a Preamble that said, "We the people...do ordain and establish this Constitution," rather than saying "God ordains this Constitution" (which was proposed). Their preamble was completely different from the "City on a Hill" ideology of the past.
Madison was friends with Thomas Jefferson, a Deistic Unitarian who penned the words "separation of Church and State" in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association. This letter was important because Jefferson was expressing what he believed was the "original intent" of the first amendment.
Has God cursed our nation as a result of this separation of church and state? Quite the contrary! Just look around and see how God has blessed us. Churches have grown, AND we probably have a higher percentage of Christian believers than before the Constitution was drafted.
God never needed civil power to grow his church. Look at what the apostles faced--the early church grew despite persecution. As soon as the church gained political acceptance and power, it becamed corrupted by greed, idolatry and syncretistic pagan practices.
What is the agenda behind the push by some zealous Christians to take control of the government, and why do they feel they need civil power? Is it because their theology is weak and devoid of spiritual power? (Those who rely on the law are legalistic.)
File this under fiction Aug 19, 2004
This book, like his Left Behind series, demonstrates that Lahaye is one of the most prolific writers of fiction today.