Study Resources for American History and Christianity

David Barton, Original Intent

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There are countless volumes available today which claim to accurately portray the constitutional and religious views of our Founding Fathers. However, the majority of these books usually cite so-called "authorities" who do not provide the Founders' own words on these matters.

Original Intent, on the other hand, not only provides a wealth of documented proof and primary sources, it also shows how this information is ignored or cleverly hidden by revisionists today. The book is largely a catalog of primary source documents, and Barton lets these documents speak for themselves. Needless to say, card-carrying members of the A.C.L.U. will not like this book.

A challenge is given by Barton in the forward to any readers who may question his sources: ".....this work has been heavily footnoted, and the reader is strongly encouraged to investigate the sources cited in order to confirm the accuracy of the conclusions which have been reached." This statement strongly indicates that Barton knows what he's talking about and is not the least bit afraid of people doing background checks. Since revisionists specialize in hiding the facts from people, I daresay you won't find such a challenge in any of their writings.

Mr. Barton has given lovers of truth a valuable resource. A must read for anyone desiring a substantive and accurate presentation of the Founding Fathers' beliefs.

-"A. T. Varnum"

John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the Constitution

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One of my all-time favorite "trick questions" to Skeptics on the subject of the faith of America's Founders is, "What state did Thomas Jefferson represent at the Constitutional Convention?" Most of them will scratch their heads, and perhaps pace a bit, before stammering "Virginia" or "Massachusetts" or some other answer.

The answer: Jefferson was in France at the time it was written. But it's a fun question, because it is amazing how many people don't know this simple fact, yet think they understand the complex issue of what the Founders intended with the Constitution.

This book is no substitute for having the kind of detailed knowledge that knows the name of every Founder and what they had for breakfast. What it is, however, is a starter kit for further research for those who want to debate the issue. About a seventh of the book is background data on major religious influences in colonial America; the balance consists of summary biographies of the thirteen biggest players in the Founder group, and what effect Christian and/or religious thought had on their efforts on behalf of our nation, followed by some historical notes and relevant thoughts for today.

In short, this is delicious food for thought. Have a look and meet some of the Founders in a way you are not likely to in modern history classes or your local ACLU meeting.