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Faith and Freedom: The Christian Roots of American Liberty Paperback – August, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lewis & Stanley; Reprint edition (August 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929510046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929510040
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is evident from these early documents to be the very thoughts of our founding fathers.
dcal@sanctum.com
Hart's thesis is well-documented and the narrative flows with illustrations and arguments that maintain the reader's interest.
Dennis L. Morgan
This book ought to be on the shelves of every high school and college student in America.
V. Beck

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
Faith and Freedom is an excellent history of the ideological roots of American Government. Mr. Hart has done a masterful job of identifying the sources of those ideas that influenced the Founding Fathers and the charters which they wrote. This book defuses the revisionist's arguements that posit that America is a child of the Enlightenment in the same vein as France. Mr. Hart shows that America, unlike France, adopted the Protestant Christian principle that freedoms came from God and not government. Government within this structure was charged with the protection of those God given freedoms. France on the other hand virtually excluded God from discourses that proceeded their revolution, and by doing so, put government in the position to give and take freedoms as it saw fit. Our war for Independence was successful while France's was a bloodbath that failed by all measures. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an accurate, concise history of this very important episode of the American story.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dcal@sanctum.com on January 5, 1998
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Gives a top rate chronology of England's struggle to control and guide the destiny of Christian colonial America.The path to, and the reasons for the "Decloration of Independence" is cogently and methodically reasearched as to the truth the founding fathers understood to be the foundation for freedom, to wit: " The delegates understood very well that liberty has a price, that a people which is immodest, extravagant, and frivolous will not remain free for long.". The conclusion: A free people must have a controling authority and only God fits that bill, for without Him the tyranny of the base passion of human selfishness will in the end have the same result as the worst despot that history can ever recall. It is evident from these early documents to be the very thoughts of our founding fathers. However the editing of printing leaves a lot to be desired.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2004
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Ben Hart's vision of the American founding is supported by American historical scholarship, viz. Diggins or Kloppenberg etc. For those who don't have access to this scholarship, Hart's book is a very good substitute. It will enlighten those who have a murky or very restricted notion of American history.
Any book that stretches horizons can be worth reading. Hart's book stretches us in a very much needed direction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ormely on July 8, 2009
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Mr. Hart's development of the thesis and the transitions from chapter to chapter run smoothly, are well thought-out, and make the presentation of the material and the ideas easily followable. The material facts and quotes are easily corroborated in any of several other well-known and reliable sources. Mr. Hart shows the reader that without the people of the US holding a ubiquitous similar faith in the basic tenants of Christianity, that the revolution would either not have happened, been quickly lost, or even if won, would have simply resulted in a new tyrannical regime taking power. Although some may find the conclusions to be hard to swallow - that without an underlying wide-spread societal belief in some source other than the government (or man) as being that which the society trusts in (e.g. a Supreme Being), the society will not survive long outside of a tyranny of the few (be they Nobles, or the Dictator class, etc.) over the many, or even the many over the few, the facts speak for themselves. It is not surprising in this day of Newspeak, and humanist ideation that some will seek to discredit the work here with false arguments. Dr. Hart shows however, that the American Revolution stood on the shoulders of a people who held an internal wide-spread belief in the basic tenets of the Christian faith. He also presents well the facts of the post-revolution period - a period being that of a rather peaceful time with people getting on with their lives and not experiencing the typical post-revolution trials and hangings and eliminations seen in non-Christian revolutions previously, or since. The facts are irrefutable to all but the most anti-Christian, who, although may argue against the facts presented (or the conclusions), will have nothing but false arguments to present. For example, Mr.Read more ›
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
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This should be required reading for each and every high school senior before graduation. Hart has complied the facts and stories that no longer appear in the mainstream media.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Beck on October 4, 2002
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This book ought to be on the shelves of every high school and college student in America. Barring a reprint, I recommend purchasing a used copy as soon as one comes available. Hart reconstructs for the reader the American experience and explains events of history as they interceded with people of faith (and those whose faith has been in doubt or discredited). Hart understands, as our founders did, that character is in fact important in both the life of a laborer and the lives of those holding the public trust, and he uses uncanny insight to relay how that faith affected the actions of our forefathers. From Plymouth Rock and Jamestown to the Salem Witch Trials, the Declaration of Independence and beyond, Hart honestly tells the tale of America, and perhaps unknowingly provides the keys to rediscovering the qualities that made this nation at one time the most envied culture in the world.
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