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America's Christian Heritage [Hardcover]

By Gary DeMar (Author)
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Pages   85
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.22" Width: 8.76" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   1.21 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2003
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805430326  
EAN  9780805430325  

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From Plymouth Rock to Independence Hall and beyond, the pages of American history overflow with evidence of the profound role Christianity has played in the founding of our nation. A study of the primary sources leave no doubt that Christianity served as the foundation for our nation's construction, both in its laws and political structures. DeMar answers today's secular denials of America's Christian heritage as he presents evidence from a broad range of historical sources by letting the record speak for itself. This is a wonderful book to keep out on a table in your living room. Oversized with color images throughout. Makes a great gift!

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It was the reviews that sold me on this book.  Sep 26, 2007
I was looking for a good book on this subject matter and the reviews really made the decision for me. I could tell that the positive reviewers had read the book and understood the subject material where all negative reviewers clearly had not actually read the book nor understood the material. I really look forward to reading this one.
Excellent  Sep 9, 2007
Great overview of the history of our great nation and our founding fathers. Short excellent read. Should be taught in every school.
More Jerry Fallwell ****  Aug 30, 2006
Unfortunately for the morons who continue to churn out these silly little tracts (I won't insult "books" by calling this that) the only one of our "Founding Fathers" who ever wanted anything even resembling a Christian nation (the phrase he used was "Christian Sparta") was Patrick Henry, and he didn't even sign the Constitution!

The other Founders from Jefferson to Franklin were deists, freebelievers, agnostics, atheists, or at the very least non-comformists like George Washington. Who, despite "belonging" to a church requiring it (Martha's), never took commmunion in his entire life.

Jefferson who rewrote the Bible, editing out any of the magical "donkey's can talk, people can fly, and a man named Jesus lives up in the sky" nonsense so dear to Christians, certainly wasn't a xtian.

Adams said that the only thing that came out of religion and the state interacting was tyranny.

Geez kids I hate to burst you "Holier than thou" bubble but America isn't a christian nation, has never been a christian nation, and as long as truely freedom-loving people have breath in their body will NEVER be a christian nation.
Bunk  Dec 24, 2005
The assertion that ours is a "Christian nation" is an idea built on several misconceptions.

The first misconception is that there is no separation of church and state. It is clear, in a free country such as ours, that the church is not supposed to interfere in governmental affairs, and the government is not suposed to interfere in church affairs. That's a central tenet to our government that prevents both religious and governmental tyranny.

It does NOT mean that Christians can't be in government. There are many Christians in government today. It also does NOT mean that Christians can't vote. The concept of church and state separation is not meant to persecute but to protect - protect the government from infringment by the church, and the church from infringement by the government.

The second misconception is that separation of church and state is not in the Constitution. Maybe not the exact phrase, but there are lots of words not found in the Constitution that we use. Federalism is an example. The doctrine of the trinity, to which most Christians ascribe, is not in the Bible. Separation of church and state - the belief that the government should remain neutral to religion and that religion should not rule the government - is clearly the meaning of the First Amendment, which says that "Congress shall make no law RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION nor preventing the free exercise thereof". Respecting an establishment of religion means that the government should remain neutral towards all the religions in its country, so that one religion is not made to bow to the beliefs and whims of another.

Many enjoy throwing out random quotes, taken out of context, from our founding fathers and uses it to try to prove their assertions that there is no separation of church and state. Considering, however, that our founding fathers had come from a country that established a national religion, and that while non-members of the Church of England were not persecuted, they were likely treated differently - perhaps even ostracized for their rebellion - I believe that our founding fathers did believe that a certain religion should not have precedence over others.

We have modern examples that illustrate much better than words and rhetoric why church and state separation is a good idea. There are places in the world today where Christians are shot to death for even owning a Bible. Obviously, we don't want to see that type of oppression here in the United States. And even if we didn't have church and state separation, we likely wouldn't. Still, I believe that the separation of church and state prevents such events from ever happening.

One very common misconception is that kids are unable to pray and read their Bible in public schools. This is not true.

In 1962, the Supreme Court banned MANDATORY prayer. The problem is not that kids pray, but that they are forced to pray. I don't believe that anyone would like to be forced to pray; religious expression should be voluntary and natural, not foisted upon someone. I also don't believe that many parents would be happy if their children were required to pray to Buddha or Allah every morning.

The right to pray freely in public school is, happily, just as intact as it was prior to 1962. There are numerous examples of kids praying silently in school rooms every morning. Every September, kids in high schools gather together to participate in See You At The Pole.

The same is true about the Bible. There has not been any legislative act to ban the Bible from public school, and I believe that as long as there is a sizeable population of Americans who rightfully take their religion seriously, this will never happen.

Unfortunately, many teachers in public school have likely kept the kids in their care from reading the Bible, thinking that reading the Bible in school was illegal.

Another common misconception is that Christians are persecuted in America. Considering that Christians have the freedom to worship, to follow any set of beliefs that they choose, to pray, to gather together in a worship together, to gather together in conferences, to evangelize, to vote, to hold office, and to voice concerns about religious freedom, it is obvious that this is not true.

Personally, I don't agree with the ACLU's campaign to remove crosses from grave stones. That's an extreme position. At the same time, I do not believe that one religion should be given preference over others. There are many people in this country, and very likely just as many religious traditions. These people are probably just as serious about their religion as Christians. Should they not have the right to worship freely?

Nobody is out to "get" Christianity, and the separation of church and state is not a vehicle to this end. We only want to make sure that the government remains faithful to the Constitutional principle of religious freedom through neutrality. Upon closer examination, many people will likely agree that this is a central tenet of our country, and a principle that deserves to be upheld for our current generation, and for generations to come.
The Truth Is Here  Nov 14, 2005
Mr. Demar has written a number of fine books on America's Christian Heritage and History. He also backs up everything he writes and let's the reader know where they can get the information from (most often, from original documents).
The fact is this country was, is, and will hopefully continue to be a Christian Nation. Another reviewer states that "Law is not made by letter writers." Well, read on to see how a small phrase taken out of context from one letter is virtually ruining our great country. It concerns the myth of 'Separation of Church and State,' a passionate subject of mine.
(By the way, the following was taken from the two books written by Demar and, upon writing this review, I double checked numerous sources to make sure it is all correct).
We hear so often the term `Separation of Church and State' as being in the 1st Amendment. But nowhere in our Constitution or in any of the Amendments is this phrase to be found. In fact, for religious practices, the 1st Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Nowhere does it even hint at a so-called separation of church and state.
So where did the separation myth come from? It came from a letter written in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson in response to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut when they were concerned that the government might, one day, try to regulate religious expression (sounds like the American Civil Liberties Union - a non-government entity - in our modern times, doesn't it?). Jefferson responded with an assurance that there was a "wall of separation between church and state" to ensure that the government would never interfere with religious activities.
For the majority of our country's existence the 1st Amendment has been understood to mean that our government was prohibited to favor a single religion over another. The national policies and rulings during the first century and a half prove this to be true, as religious doctrine has been injected in nearly every American government document composed.
Allowing schools to put up pictures of a Christmas Tree or a Menorah during the respective holiday, for an example, or to be taught `Intelligent Design' along side of the theory of evolution does, in no way, interfere or support one religious belief over another. Nor does it hinder the non-beliefs of atheists who, just like the rest of us, must learn to accept diversity. The 1st Amendment in no way supports the theory that would outlaw religion just because it may offend those of differing beliefs.
As for the continuing arguments of the separation myth, Thomas Jefferson himself, in a letter written to William Johnson in 1823 (taken from the book Thomas Jefferson: Writings Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters) stated: "On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
It was George Washington who in 1789 issued the first presidential proclamation for prayer as he proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving: "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor..."
Also, in his 1796 Farewell Address, Washington pointed out that the two foundations for political prosperity in America were religion and morality, and that no one could be called an American patriot who attempted to separate politics from its two foundations. In that address our first president stated, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.
And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, declared, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis, that basis is a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God, that they are not to be violated but with His wrath?"
Benjamin Franklin reminded the delegates to the Constitutional Convention that, "We need God to be our friend, not our enemy; we need Him to be our ally, not our adversary; we need to make sure that we keep His concurring aid."
James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, said, "We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government: upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
Does this sound like our Founding Fathers wanted to separate religion from government on all levels?
The myth of the so-called separation of church and state is just that - a myth. Unfortunately, this phrase has been drilled so deeply into the consciousness of Americans that most believe these actual words are in the Constitution itself! And the ACLU would have you believe the very same.
It's a very sad state of the society in which we live where such an organization can rock the very laws this country was based on right off of its foundation.
These books written by Mr. Demar should be required reading in all public high schools, not the revisionist pap that's been forced upon our children.
Added 3-26-06: Please feel free to find the quotes listed in this review and put into their original context. They are readily available in their entirety and still say the exact same thing, contrary to what another reviewer has hinted.

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