The American Heritage Series is a fascinating tour of U.S. history, particularly our Founding Era. Join historian David Barton as he takes you on a journey of the story of America to learn our true history, the influence of Christianity upon our Founding Fathers and why America was a unique and special nation.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:
- Wall Builders/David Barton (www.wallbuilders.com)
- The American Minute/Bill Federer (www.americanminute.com)
American History Books:
- "A Patriot's History of the United States" by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.
Historic Digital Books:
- "Democracy in America (Book 1)" by Alexis de Tocqueville (1835)
- "Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence" by Benjamin J. Lossing (1854)
"Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle…In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity…That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants."
(Congress, U. S. House Judiciary Committee, 1854)
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
(John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court)
I think that America is a nation of faith. I do believe that. Certainly by way of heritage - there's a powerful Christian thread through all of American history.
(Sen. John Edwards, D-NC)
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
(John Adams, 2nd U.S. President)
QUESTIONS ON "AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS (PARTS 1 & 2)" VIDEO LESSON:
- Fifty-six founders signed the Declaration of Independence. Fifty-five founders framed the Constitution. Around ninety founders framed the Bill of Rights. In addition there were founders like Patrick Henry, Paul Revere and John Jay who contributed to the American Revolution’s success. Of the over 250 founding fathers, 95% were orthodox Christians and outspoken in their Faith. Why does that fact get missed by contemporary historians?
- One of the first acts of Congress in 1800 was approving the Capitol as a “church.” In fact, Thomas Jefferson, among other founders, often attended the Capitol Church. And yet today we look at the U.S. Capitol as a wholly secular “workplace.” Why?
- When you consider the spiritual biographies of people like Benjamin Rush, Samuel Adams, Richard Stockton, Roger Sherman, Gouverneur Morris and other founding fathers, were you surprised at how many weren’t simply Christians but also leaders in their churches and various Christian movements?
- What do you think about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s reconciliation at the end of their lives? How did their mutual friend Benjamin Rush’s prophetic dream about these two statesmen (both dying on the same day) make you feel?
- What do you think about statements by Franklin, Madison, Washington and Rush who noted the U.S. Constitution was a "miracle of heaven" and helped by Divine Providence? Why do secularists need for this founding document to be wholly "secular?"
- Barton notes how many contemporary historians like to promote that there were only a half dozen "framers of the Constitution" (with a favor towards James Madison), but that's not true. Why do modern historians want to rewrite our founding history?
- "Whoever controls the present controls the past, whoever controls the past controls the future." What do you think of this quote from the book George Orwell in 1984?
- Most of what we know about the FAITH of our Founding Fathers was found in their "Last Wills and Testaments." In their day, their final "wills" also included a "testament" of their creed, beliefs and doctrines. If you had to write your "testament," what would you say?
- "Death by a thousand cuts" is how we have slowly lost a grip on our true history. How have you seen these "cuts" in your own lifetime?
As you journey through The American Heritage Series, you’ll be challenged to rethink your history, learn how to defend America's Christian roots and grow in biblical community.
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