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Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 10, 2006
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About the Author
Callista Gingrich is the President of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic production.She and her husband, Newt, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include Nine Days That Changed the World, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny and Rediscovering God in America. Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books.
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He says of this book, "Its purpose is neither theological, nor an effort to proselytize on behalf of any religious worldview. All Americans - both those who believe in God and those who do not share this belief - are equal in rights and duties under our Constitution and equal in deserving the respect of their fellow citizens." (page 130)
Gingrich goes on, "Instead, the purpose of this book is to rediscover the historic source of American liberty and to rediscover the founding generation's understanding of what is required to sustain liberty in a free society. And to do this is to truly discover anew the centrality of God in American history and in the ongoing story of American liberty." (page 131)
The author simply takes us on a walking tour of some major monuments around the National Mall in Washington D. C. and around Arlington National Cemetery. He gives us a little background on the man being memorialized including his statements about God, faith, and religion. The article also gives us some information about the monument, how it came to be and what we see when we visit there. We learn that even those that are often cited as not being religious did attend church services, and in the case of Jefferson, IN THE CAPITOL! The back of the book has a map of the area, a small chapter on how to take the walking tour of these monuments, and some photographs of these places.Read more ›
Regardless if you agree or do not agree with how far the Founding Fathers intended to integrate religion into American society and law, readers will enjoy the historical tour and timeline Gingrich brings the reader on, essentially providing a most unique tour of Washington's past and present, and reviewing the doctrines and landscapes that created this nation. Funny, I actually felt as if I was on a history tour: well done.
Starting out in the nation's capital, the reader begins the `tour' so to speak at the National Archives where we review the opening commentary of The Declaration of Independence. Immediately, the words from the Declaration of Independence that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights". These words act to pound the drum of Gingrich's defense of a monotheism base, and specifically a Christian theme that is the fundamental basis for which all thing evolving around mankind's rights to freedom, liberty, and justice are based upon. Essentially, Gingrich is saying and I can't disagree, that the Creator has given to each of us the right of liberty, justice, and freedom.Read more ›
For example, his first quote on John Adams is "This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it." But actually it is a deceitful misquote of Adams. Now Wilski is probably just repeating what others have told him or he read somewhere and never really read what John Adams had to say. But you will find this quote of Adams given as a classic example of deceitfully misquoting by taking something out of context which totally distorts its meaning. Here is Adam's quote in context...
"Twenty times, in the course of my late reading, have I been on the point of breaking out, 'this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!!' But in this exclamation, I should have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in public company-I mean hell."
Reminds me of a famous misquote from the bible - "There is no God". Maybe Wilski would like to use this quote as well. Yes, that is in the Bible but ... let's look at the full context.
"The fool has said in his heart there is no God."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like some other titles, this expose reminds of the central influence that creates the foundation of American cultural and political stability.Published 4 months ago by Howard C. Mayberry, Jr.
Should be required reading for all Americans. My 14yo daughter read it before her trip to Washing D.C. And I feel she was the better for it.Published 10 months ago by L. Blythe
Well-written & renews pride in Founding Father's & pride in & of our heritage - I've given more as gifts to fellow patriots to enjoy, too! Kudos = 5 stars!Published 13 months ago by Christine H.
Great book! A must read. Every American home should have this book.Published 14 months ago by Amahra
Not a big surprise since Uncle Newtie wrote it: What this is, is propaganda. You can listen to an interview about the motivation on NPR... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Dempsey
I like Newt so wanted this book. Still haven't read due to time.Published 16 months ago by Gayle J Schutz