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The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States Hardcover – 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1060 pages
  • Publisher: American Vision Press; 2nd edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915815702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915815708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking for a quick read and light entertainment, find another book.
wolfinwolfsclothing
It is already in it's eighth printing, again in a beautiful high-quality smythe-sewn hardback version with an updated cover and several formatting improvements.
Truth Be Told
Very informative about the Christian roots and formation of the United States of America.
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238 of 273 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bobinski VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Obviously, anyone who wants to disagree with the concept of this book can write a negative review, even if they haven't read it. And for as long as this book is, I doubt anyone who vehemently disagrees with Christianity will plow through such a lengthy tome.

However, having actually read the book, I'd say the author (and remember, this 2007 edition is a reprint - the book was originally published in 1864) does a rather comprehensive job of presenting writings and quotes from authorities outside the United States commenting on its founding, as well as providing actual US Government documentation and founders' writings showing devotion and preference to the Christian faith.

Perhaps what most people don't understand is what Morris points out in the very first chapter:

"Christianity is the principle and all-pervading element, the deepest and most solid foundation, of all our civil institutions. It is the religion of the people,--the national religion; but we have neither an established church nor an established religion. An established *church* implies a connection between church and state, and the possession of *civil* and *political* as well as ecclesiastical and spiritual power of the former. Neither exist in this country; for the people have wisely judged that religion, as a general rule, is safer in their hands than in those of their rulers. In the United States there is no toleration; for all enjoy equality in religious freedom, not as a *privilege* granted, but as a *right* secured by the fundamental law of our social compact. Liberty of conscience and freedom of worship are not chartered immunities, but rights and duties founded on the *constitutional* republication of reason and revelation.
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569 of 664 people found the following review helpful By Gen. JC Christian, patriot on March 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I first learned about this book from a Townhall (Salem [Christian] Broadcasting) email offer. Usually, these missives tout opportunities to get rich quick via such methods as investing in abandoned mine claims in Nevada, but this time, they offered something just as precious, "The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States."

In the email, the publisher declared that the book terrified the ACLU. "Be afraid, ACLU," the publisher warned, "be very afraid." Simply showing it to an ACLU lawyer, he claimed, sent them into a full-blown panic.

I decided to test this claim at the local ACLU office, and I'm happy to report that it is true. Holding the book as arm's length, I entered the office. The screaming began immediately. Emboldened, I thrust the book at the receptionist, and as it grazed her face, I noticed that it seared her soft, secular cheek. My visit quickly became an orgy burning flesh after that. I went from office to office, cackling loudly, as I punished the godless law-mongers by incinerating their faces with the words of our forefathers. Gosh, it felt good.

That, alone, makes this book worthy of a five star rating, but it has so much more to offer. The author, Bejamin F. Morris, painstakingly researched the book, sorting through thousands upon thousands of founders' statements, winnowing the wheat from the chaf, plucking only the most desirable cherry from each tree, to find the quotes needed to support his arguments.

Gone are the heresies of the nominally-Christian, or to be more accurate, "achristian." deists who comprised the largest faction in the Continental Congress. Instead, Morris provides us a kind of minority report written by the only founders who count, the believers.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wolfinwolfsclothing on September 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a quick read and light entertainment, find another book. If you are looking for reference material and incredible amounts of data on the religious background of the founders and signers of the Declaration of Independence, here it is.

I have always enjoyed delving through pages loaded with many infomational, enlightening and entertaining tidbits, but this book has such rich content that it is impossible to skim off the cream. This is a book that requires concentration, and pays off with information.

Highly recommended. Every Christian Pastor should have this book in his library.
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Format: Hardcover
An outstanding read that sheds the light of truth upon the lies & propaganda being pushed upon young Americans. Read it and share it with your loved ones.

Benjamin Franklin Morris' book has been out of print for over 100 years. "This volume is committed to the American people, in the firm assurance that the invaluable facts which it records will be grateful to every patriotic and pious heart. In it, as from the richest mines, has been brought out the pure gold of our history. Its treasures have been gathered and placed in this casket for the instruction and benefit of the present and future. We have a noble historic life; for our ancestors were the worthies of the world. We have a noble nation, full of the evidences of the moulding presence of Christian truth, and of the power and goodness of Divine wisdom in rearing up a Christian republic for all time. That this was the spirit and aim of the early founders of our institutions, the facts in this volume fully testify."
-- Benjamin Franklin Morris

Organizations like the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have done their best to ignore the content of the massive compilation of original source material found in this book. If Americans ever become aware of the facts assembled by the author in this historic encyclopedia of knowledge, arguments for a secular founding of America will turn to dust.

Reprinted by American Vision for the first time in over 140 years in 2007, we can't keep this book in print!

It is already in it's eighth printing, again in a beautiful high-quality smythe-sewn hardback version with an updated cover and several formatting improvements.

Don't miss out on the fantastic wealth of information this 1000+ page book has in store.
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