Considered by some the most important book in the Hebrew Bible, Exodus tells the story of the Jewish people from their enslavement in Egypt through their liberation under Moses’s leadership to their covenantal founding at Sinai and the ...
Author: Leon R Kass
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this long-awaited follow-up to his 2003 book on Genesis, humanist scholar Leon Kass explores how Exodus raises and then answers the central political questions of what defines a nation and how a nation should govern itself. Considered by some the most important book in the Hebrew Bible, Exodus tells the story of the Jewish people from their enslavement in Egypt through their liberation under Moses’s leadership to their covenantal founding at Sinai and the building of the Tabernacle. In Kass’s analysis, these events begin the slow process of learning how to stop thinking like slaves and become an independent people. The Israelites ultimately found their nation on three elements: a shared narrative that instills empathy for the poor and the suffering, the uplifting rule of a moral law, and devotion to a higher common purpose. These elements, Kass argues, remain the essential principles for any freedom-loving nation today.
The Egyptian Belus (the Babylonian god Bel) and his followers founded Babylon,
where they became known for their skill in astronomy (a skill they took from the
Egyptians).24 Likewise, Egyptian colonists settled Greece and “the nation of the ...
Author: William F. McCants
Publisher: Princeton University Press
From the dawn of writing in Sumer to the sunset of the Islamic empire, Founding Gods, Inventing Nations traces four thousand years of speculation on the origins of civilization. Investigating a vast range of primary sources, some of which are translated here for the first time, and focusing on the dynamic influence of the Greek, Roman, and Arab conquests of the Near East, William McCants looks at the ways the conquerors and those they conquered reshaped their myths of civilization's origins in response to the social and political consequences of empire. The Greek and Roman conquests brought with them a learned culture that competed with that of native elites. The conquering Arabs, in contrast, had no learned culture, which led to three hundred years of Muslim competition over the cultural orientation of Islam, a contest reflected in the culture myths of that time. What we know today as Islamic culture is the product of this contest, whose protagonists drew heavily on the lore of non-Arab and pagan antiquity. McCants argues that authors in all three periods did not write about civilization's origins solely out of pure antiquarian interest--they also sought to address the social and political tensions of the day. The strategies they employed and the postcolonial dilemmas they confronted provide invaluable context for understanding how authors today use myth and history to locate themselves in the confusing aftermath of empire.
100%? 51%? What about when even our Christian Founding Fathers came short
of God's glory and sinned against the indians or in other ways? Does the fallibility
of Christians in a Christian nation negate the claim? Of course not.23 These ...
Author: John D. Wilsey
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Is America a Christian nation? This question has loomed large in American culture since the Puritans arrived on American shores in the early seventeenth century. More recently, the Christian America thesis has been advocated by many evangelical leaders across the denominational spectrum. This book contributes to the conversation by critiquing, from an evangelical perspective, the idea that America is a Christian nation as articulated by specific writers over the past three decades. Wilsey asserts that the United States was not conceived as a Christian nation, but as a nation with religious liberty. Herein lies the genius of the Founders and the uniqueness of America.
We will close this chapter by examining the four references to God in the
Declaration of Independence in an attempt to grasp how the founders understood
the relationship between religion and the American founding. The first paragraph
of the ...
Author: John Fea
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Presents a historical overview of the relationship between the United States and Christianity and an analysis of the beliefs of such figures as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington.
This wisdom is applicable to all nations and peoples at all times in history.14
What are the characteristics of righteous and sinful nations respectively? Beyond
conformity with God's moral standards, the answer to this question is not
Author: Daniel L. Dreisbach
Publisher: Oxford University Press
No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Shedding new light on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Daniel Dreisbach analyzes the founders' diverse use of scripture, ranging from the literary to the theological. He shows that they looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, and the rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models to emulate. They quoted scripture to authorize civil resistance, to invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and to provide the language of liberty that would be appropriated by patriotic Americans. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers broaches the perennial question of whether the American founding was, to some extent, informed by religious--specifically Christian--ideas. In the sense that the founding generation were members of a biblically literate society that placed the Bible at the center of culture and discourse, the answer to that question is clearly "yes." Ignoring the Bible's influence on the founders, Dreisbach warns, produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built.
America was once the greatest nation that has ever been. This was because
America came closer by far than any nation to operating under God. America was
so close, but yet so far, from God's ideal. The founding fathers incorporated some
Author: Jerald Finney
Publisher: Xulon Press
God Betrayed explains: (1) the biblical principles concerning government, church, and separation of church and state which one needs to know in order to understand the First Amendment and why it was adopted; (2) the history of the theological warfare in the colonies that eventually resulted in the adoption of the First Amendment; (3) how and why, soon after the ratification of the Constitution and the First Amendment, many churches subjected themselves to the state; (4) how the Supreme Court has used the First Amendment religion clause to remove God from practically all civil government affairs; (5) how civil government entices many churches to abandon their Supernatural and First Amendment freedoms; and (6) how churches in America can operate totally under God and free from any control by civil government. After graduating from college in 1970 and serving as an army officer in the Viet Nam conflict, Jerald Finney worked for the railroad and then started and operated a photography studio in Fort Worth, Texas. He was saved in 1982. God called him to enter the legal profession. He entered the University of Texas School of Law in 1990, and was licensed to practice law in 1993. Since that time, the Lord has guided his career. In 2005, he became lead counsel for the Biblical Law Center. This book is the result of his in depth studies of the issue of separation of church and state, the main issue which is addressed by the Biblical Law Center.
His vocation is Chemical Engineering, his avocation is love for God, his family, the Bible and America, all of which provided him deep wells from which to draw as he penned this insightful, provocative work.
Author: Bruce Moore
Publisher: Jim Kochenburger
In America's Resurrection: Seeking God's Blessing on Our Nation, author Bruce Moore details the original founding vision for America, our rise to greatness, and our present downward cycle. He shows how the Christian values our nation was founded upon, which served as the source of strength and success for our government, culture and society, are now at risk in America today, and with them, so much more. By comparing America at its founding with its current state, Moore skillfully explores: The dilution and polarization of Christian values in our society, the resultant disunity of our citizenry, and the erosion of our status as the world's leading nation. The alarming increase in the size and role of our nation's government, its increasing reach into the personal lives of its citizens, as well as how our contentious political atmosphere has inflamed this problem. The importance of the preservation of the U.S. Constitution as originally interpreted and intended by the founders of our great nation, in the face of divergent reinterpretation that social pressures of our day impose. Though he presents a sometimes grim assessment of America's current state and direction, Moore presents a hopeful picture of the bright future of our nation in America's Resurrection: Seeking God's Blessing on Our Nation. If you believe in America and want to see her restored to greatness, you will find in these pages a wealth of invaluable information, written from a solidly Bible-based, Christian worldview. Bruce Moore has been a Christian for over 45 years, serving as a teacher, small group leader, deacon and elder. His vocation is Chemical Engineering, his avocation is love for God, his family, the Bible and America, all of which provided him deep wells from which to draw as he penned this insightful, provocative work. He has been married for 36 years, during which time he and his dear wife raised four children, now adult Christians.
“Let's start with the vision God gave me.” With one last look at the faces around
the table David took a deep breath and dove in. “God is woven throughout our country's founding history. He is mentioned in the pledge of allegiance, in
We see God's providence in our nation's founding. The Pilgrim fathers had virtues
and faults, but they were eminently men of plain piety, and God blessed them in
that. The Spaniards, in Spanish America, had courage and intelligence, and ...
Author: Rev. Dr. Bennie E. RodgersPublish On: 2012-10-17
Exodus 20:2-3 Iam the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of
Egypt, out of the house ofbondage. Thou shalt ... But there are declarations made
by this nation's founding fathers that turned God's will into a national hypocrisy.
Author: Rev. Dr. Bennie E. Rodgers
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
There has never been a time where we have needed God more. With the worldwide economical recession, national disasters, terrorism, repeated wars and rumors of wars from the Baltics to Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and now Syria wars. Dr. Rodgers explains how and why the critical issues of our day have been incurred due to the spiritual breakdown of the of the Christian and moral fibre of the American vows drafted in our founding documents by our founders. These breaches of our national obligations have lead to The Visitation of Curses upon our nation and our people. He also reveals our way back to becoming a nation blessed by God to be a beacon to a world that have rejected the righteousness of God. Isn’t time that we do right by God?
America's strength can return only as we return to the great God of the Bible, on
whose wisdom and love this nation was founded. Only as we stand united "under God" can we continue to be a strong, united America to withstand the attacks of ...
Author: Philip Steers
Publisher: Xulon Press
The great God of the Bible created us to enjoy one another in happy, united families.He is the loving heavenly Father who kept His promises made from the beginning. He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to bless every family on earth. Each family is a building block of a strong, united nation. America will remain a strong nation if we unite ?under God? to uphold His laws and place our faith in His promises to bless our families.Discover how to establish your family life according to His wisdom. Discover how God will teach you to live as a family of obedient, loving children of the heavenly Father under the headship of His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. With strong, loving families, our nation will continue to sing with triumphant joy: ?America, America, God shed His grace on thee.?
I believe God has a word for us in this hour that will truly set us on the path to
restoration. Asking For the Old Path: we're not the first nation founded by the
agency of God's hand to find herself in the midst of great moral decay. The
Author: Paulette Steppes
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Marriages are in a constant state of defeat unlike any other time in history. Every marital bout imaginable is breaking out in homes all across America and other parts of the world. Whats happening to the state of the family? Whats happening to Gods greatest institution for man? How can we save marriages from this devastating blow of divorce and defeat? Are you tired of getting punched and knocked around in the ring of your marriage covenant? Have you declared victory that youll not get knocked out of the ring?
Will reason alone certainly determine , that if a man goes on for a long time
presumptuously in his contempt , rebellion , and affronts , presuming on God's
goodness , depending , that though he does thus abuse his grace as long as he
The principles upon which our nation was founded were unique with inalienable
rights based on God's word. No other nation has been so founded. Careful study
reveals that the Founding Fathers looked primarily to the Bible, particularly the ...
Author: Herbert W. Byrne
Publisher: Xulon Press
Since 1960 vast changes have taken place in our country. During that period cultural changes were numerous, some good and some bad. This work refers to changes that give cause for grave concern, including increase in crime, child abuse, abortion and disturbing developments in government, all described, and suggested solutions for them made. Herbert W. Byrne, Ed. D., has worked in Christian ministry for over forty years, serving as Pastor, Evangelist, classroom teacher and Sunday School lecturer in over thirty different denominations in the United States and Canada. He is the author of more than twelve books in the field of Christian Education.
The Supreme Court has recognized that governmental entities may, consistent
with the First Amendment, recognize the religious heritage of America; Whereas
the notion that a belief in God permeated the founding of our Nation was well ...
Author: M. a. Ed Marsha Lee HughesPublish On: 2011-08
Our COUNTRY was founded by God-fearing, Christian people who admitted they
weren't perfect. They had a HOPE to be better, and that is working in so many
ways! We represent all peoples whose forefathers sacrificed beyond measure, ...
Author: M. a. Ed Marsha Lee Hughes
This is a poem which explains the symbolism of the American Flag, and how that really embodies who the American is. Review some American history, and understand the American character. If you are an American, realize how blessed you are, and be PROUD! God bless America!
Anyone who doubts the relevance of history to our own time has only to read this exceptional book.”—David McCullough, author of 1776 “Jon Meacham has given us an insightful and eloquent account of the spiritual foundation of the early ...
Author: Jon Meacham
Publisher: Random House
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham reveals how the Founding Fathers viewed faith—and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice. At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, American Gospel draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the fascinating history of a nation grappling with religion and politics–from John Winthrop’s “city on a hill” sermon to Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence; from the Revolution to the Civil War; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. Debates about religion and politics are often more divisive than illuminating. Secularists point to a “wall of separation between church and state,” while many conservatives act as though the Founding Fathers were apostles in knee britches. As Meacham shows in this brisk narrative, neither extreme has it right. At the heart of the American experiment lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin called “public religion,” a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well. Meacham has written and spoken extensively about religion and politics, and he brings historical authority and a sense of hope to the issue. American Gospel makes it compellingly clear that the nation’s best chance of summoning what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” lies in recovering the spirit and sense of the Founding. In looking back, we may find the light to lead us forward. Praise for American Gospel “In his American Gospel, Jon Meacham provides a refreshingly clear, balanced, and wise historical portrait of religion and American politics at exactly the moment when such fairness and understanding are much needed. Anyone who doubts the relevance of history to our own time has only to read this exceptional book.”—David McCullough, author of 1776 “Jon Meacham has given us an insightful and eloquent account of the spiritual foundation of the early days of the American republic. It is especially instructive reading at a time when the nation is at once engaged in and deeply divided on the question of religion and its place in public life.”—Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
But even yet , God's people limp and lag and resist ; hence : STAGE THIRD.—
The inevitable committal of the United States to a protectorate of Spanish
colonies . As the God of this nation would not be baffled in His missionary
purpose , he ...
Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.)Publish On: 1871
For no doubt the Hebrew nation propagated from Heber through Abraham , and
becoming through him a great people , is one nation . How , then , are all the
sons of the three branches of Noah ' s family enumerated as founding a nation
There is then the record of the calling and founding of the nation . It has its foundation in God , it subsists in the I am — the everlasting Will . The revelation of God , in the calling of the people , is as the God of their fathers . The words which