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From Tyndale to Madison: How the Death of an English Martyr Led to the American Bill of Rights [Hardcover]

By Michael Farris (Author)
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Traces the historical importance and contributions of dissenters who insisted upon religious freedom, from William Tyndale's translation of the Bible to the Reformation and Martin Luther, and how this history led to the inclusion of religion in the First Amendment.

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"From Tyndale to Madison" is a sweeping literary work passionately tracing the epic history of religious liberty across three centuries, from the turbulent waning days of medieval Europe to colonial America and the birth pangs of a new nation. With literally a cast of thousands, the tapestry of world history is on display here. From the remarkable translation work of William Tyndale to the court intrigues of Henry VIII and Thomas More, the battle for the English Bible culminates in the venerable King James Version. Also detailed is the spread of the Reformation through the eyes of Martin Luther, John Knox, and John Calvin--in their own, often surprising words.
Readers witness the anguish of religious dissenters under the oppressive reign of Bloody Mary and the first sparks of liberty with the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the English Commonwealth. A little more than one hundred years later, across the sea, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson fight to establish a bill of rights that will guarantee every American citizen the "free exercise" of their religion. Without sugarcoating either side of the story, author Michael Farris, an exemplary twenty-first-century statesman and constitutional lawyer who regularly defends religious freedom on Capitol Hill, shares eye-opening historical details regarding the sacrifices people made then to secure the inalienable rights we enjoy today.
"We must tell the story of the Christian persecutors, so that we can put to the test the claim that people who cared little about faith and religion were the heroes of liberty. The true heroes are not to be found among the salons of the Enlightenment philosophes, but in the cells in King's Bench Prison and tied to the stake at Smithfield."
This is their story.

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  • Library Journal - 06/01/2007 page 128

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Item Specifications...

Studio: B&H Publishing Group
Pages   491
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805426116  
ISBN13  9780805426113  

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Michael Farris is chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College where students are trained to impact the world "for Christ and for Liberty." He is a constitutional lawyer, a leading pro-family activist on Capitol Hill, and an ordained minister whom Education Week named among the "Top 100 Faces in Education." Farris and his wife have ten children and ten grandchildren.

Michael Farris currently resides in Purcellville, in the state of Virginia.

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The Bill of Rights: A Christian labor of love  Jul 29, 2008
This is a well-researched and well-written book about the genesis of the Bill of Rights in the United States. The author deserves a lot of credit for writing this book, and I highly recommend it, especially for young people, and those who espouse the cause of religious liberty. The author traces the genesis of the Bill of Rights all the way to William Tyndale's efforts to translate the Bible into English in 16th century England to allow common people the opportunity to read the scriptures for themselves, long before the Enlightenment movement took shape. The author follows the history of the Protestant Reformation, the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church during the reign of king Henry VIII, subsequent evolution of different Protestant denominations on both sides of the Atlantic, and the unfortunate conflicts which erupted at times in wars such as the Anglo-Spanish war of 1585, and the English Civil War 1642-1651. It is sad, but instructive, to note the history of persecution perpetrated by temporal powers against many individuals and or denominations for their beliefs. The evolution of the Protestant denominations was carried from the shores of England to the Colonies, which became later on the United States, an evolution that was influenced both by the events, developments, and laws of England, and the new environs, developments, and the people of Colonies. The author devotes a good portion of the book to the developments in the United States, and the influence of the activist preachers and schools such as the College of New Jersey, known now as Princeton University, and early scholars/preachers such as John Witherspoon. James Madison and many other future leaders of the United States were educated at Princeton. The author also traces James Madison family tree to William Tyndale in England. However, it seems that Madison was perhaps more influenced by his education at Princeton, and the developments of the War of Independence, the quest of dissenting denominations for religious liberty, and the necessity of establishing a Federal Government in the United States. Initially, Madison felt that the Constitution was sufficient; however he changed his mind and pursued a Bill of Rights as a supplement to the Constitution in 1789. A House-Senate conference approved the Bill of Rights on September 24, 1789, and sent it to the states for ratification. On September 25, 1789, the US Congress approved a resolution to ask President George Washington to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts, the many signal favors of Almighty God. Washington signed the first proclamation for thanksgiving to God on October 3, 1789.
As we enjoy the fruits of liberty in this great nation, it is imperative to recall that this liberty originated primarily from Christian beliefs. It is indeed a precious gift and labor of love bestowed upon us, by many generations of Christian believers who devoted time, effort, and even their very lives to achieve liberty.

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