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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: #1,014,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is another tremendous book on the creation of the United States from its colonial days until its founding as one of the greatest nations on earth. Benjamin Hart, through a tremendous command of history and from using source material from some of the best American historical scholars in America has put together a book that tells this story in a clear and engaging way. A pleasurable read that demonstrates that this is a Christian nation and that the principles of Christianity made this nation one of the freest and most humane nations the world has ever known. This should be used as a textbook in all high schools. But this book and share it with your children and grandchildren.
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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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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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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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I detest books that prey upon feelings or emotions to stir action and response within a certain community. That is exactly why I found Hart's book to be so refreshing. Hart's goal is not to convert the reader to Christianity, but rather to refute the common belief today that Christian principles have little to do with our government and freedoms. Rather than play upon emotions, Hart lays out a very logical history from the early Christian Church through the writing of the US Constitution and uses a plethora of historical facts along with long quotations (not isolated words or phrases) from key figures to back up his assertions about the role the Christian faith played in our history and founding of our government. I found his assertions to be logical, compelling and well supported, and I learned much about not only US history but British and French history as well.

One negative review of this book states that Hart rambles, but I found his narrative and matter-of-fact style to be interesting and engaging. Another negative review states that Hart makes untrue claims about Jefferson's Christianity--this is not the case at all. Hart claims Jefferson's faith "waivered somewhere between deism and New Testament faith" and uses Jefferson's own words and numerous, well-documented actions to show him as at least a friend to Christianity and not the anti-religious axe that freed the state from the church proclaimed in modern circles.

The only chapter that is more opinion than historical analysis/logical assertion is the last chapter in which Hart expresses his opinion of what this means for today, but the rest of the book is a valuable and educational text, even if there are many typos (it appears the text was scanned and "read" by a computer which induced the errors).
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