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The Christian Roots of American Liberty
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First published in 1988, Ben has updated this book to include the latest assaults on Faith & Freedom in America by President Obama and the Left.
From The Desk of Ben Hart . . .
Dear Friend of Liberty,
I think you'll love this book, which refutes the ACLU and the Left's claim that Christianity is somehow a threat to liberty. This book proves that Christianity and the Bible (especially Puritanism) are actually the source of all our political freedoms.
In this book, you will learn that the American political system is actually the product of Puritan theology. You will see that the Puritans are the source of . . .
America's free-enterprise system (what Max Weber called "The Protestant Spirit of Capitalism")
Separation of powers and divided government (America's Constitutional republic is a mirror of the Presbyterian church structure).
The end of the "the divine right of kings".
The secret ballot.
The Protestant work ethic.
Written charters of liberties (The Mayflower Compact is a lot like our Bill of Rights)
Even "separation of church and state" (church officials in Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay were barred by law from holding political office).
By the way, the commonly-held stereotype of the Puritans being "puritanical" is absolutely and completely false.
The Puritans, far from being, anti-sex and anti-fun, were famous for their feasts, celebrations, music and dances. They they were famous for building huge rum and tobacco enterprises (products they sold worldwide with state-of-the-science commercial ships they built).
They were like many of us who sometimes have a drink too many. They also enjoyed wearing colorful and festive clothing.
The anti-Christian, anti-freedom Left loves to cite the Salem Witch Trials as an example of Puritan intolerance.
As you'll see here, this bizarre event, which occurred in small backwater village, was an aberration in the history of Puritanism in America, and had far more to do with political corruption by a few power-mad government officials than any inherent problem with the general spirit of Puritanism, which valued liberty and tolerance.
The Puritans always got along great with the Indians and were famous for their hospitality and generosity. The Puritans and Indians often feasted together and learned each other's music and customs.
Here's another key point not to lose sight of . . .
The purpose of the "separation of church and state" principle (which has its origins in Puritanism) was not to protect government from a religious people, but to protect a religious people from the government -- a point Thomas Jefferson explained clearly in his famous letter on the subject to Baptist Ministers in Danbury, Connecticut.
In this book, you'll see that the big difference between the American Revolution (which produced liberty) and the French Revolution (which produced tyranny) is that the American Revolution was grounded in Puritan theology, while the French Revolution was anti-religious and was driven largely by a hatred of a corrupt government and corrupt church.
The case for liberty outlined in America's Declaration of Independence was a religious argument. It begins:
Under the ACLU's definition of separation of church and state, the Declaration of Independence itself would be unconstitutional.
By the way, I've debated the famous Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz a number of times on the radio. He was not able to handle the arguments and facts in this book.
P.S. Some ask: why would I give away this book for free?
The answer is simple: I'm interested in saving liberty in America from President Obama's all-out assault on our Constitutional Republic. The best way to do this is to arm the American people with good information.
We can't restore liberty without a clear historical understanding of where our liberties came from in America. "The truth will set you free" -- while lack of knowledge leads to slavery.
What Some Great Conservative Thinkers Have Said About Faith & Freedom
"Mr. Hart has written a much-needed corrective to current dogma. He demonstrates that our freedoms, and the morality that sustains them, grew out of religious faith, and makes a strong case for the proposition that democracy without religion is not enough to guarantee liberty. I found Faith and Freedom a powerful and thought-provoking book."
Judge Robert Bork
"Ben Hart is an articulate defender or a largely forgotten truth: that the American experiment in ordered liberty is historically rooted in convictions and moral habits ultimately derived for Christian faith. Textbooks won't print it. Teachers won't teach it. Historians won't aknowledge it. But it's true. And few books make the case better than Faith and Freedom."
Charles W. Colson
Former Chief of Staff to President Nixon
Founder, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Bestselling Author of Born Again, Kingdoms in Conflict and many other books.
eligious freedom is, in largest part, a religious achievement. Mr. Hart underscores that truth with lively narrative and forceful argument. In recent decades many Americans have been miseducated to believe that religious freedom, and most other freedoms, were historically secured against the forces of religion. Hart does not merely right the balance, he puts things back into their proper order, reminding us that, without ‘unalienable rights’ bestowed prior to the State, all rights are imperiled by the State."
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