Never Before In History
Gary Amos and Richard Gardiner
If you like the American
Colonist's Library, you'll love NEVER BEFORE IN HISTORY. It is
an eye-opening look at the Colonial American social milieu. If you have
visited the American Colonist's Library and carefully perused the
material there, you can't help but notice that the documents tend to have
a religious flavor, and that is because the American colonial experience
was permeated with religion. This important and scholarly new book synthesizes
the significance of the context of these colonial documents. This is a
must read for anyone interested in understanding the dominant socio-political
milieu of early America.
Christianity permeated the socio-cultural context
of America at the time of the founding. Regardless of the fact that a few
of the founders were not tratitional Christians, Christianity was deeply
embedded into their collective consciousness: the natural result of the
ubiquity and penetration of Christianity into every nook and cranny of
the American colonial experience. In the colonies the peoples' religion
saturated every aspect of their life. Their Christian theological suppositions
impacted their educational pursuits, their domestic standards, their nomenclature,
their love for science, and their basic concepts of law and rights that
gave rise to the American system. As a result, it can be shown that Christianity
was largely the basis of the principles and ideals upon which the U.S.
was founded. These are principles which most Americans, Christian or otherwise,
continue to hold dear.
This is not a matter of religious bias or the
authors' desire to proselytize the reader. It is a matter of historical
accuracy. Therefore, a commitment to historical accuracy demands that American
history teachers make this point more clearly. The aim of this textbook
is therefore to provide students an honest analysis of the political, socio-cultural,
legal, theological and philosophical context--the incubator--of the United
States of America. This book demonstrates, in scholarly fashion, that the
Christian roots of our nation are historically evident, logically compelling,
and beyond scholarly dispute.
The primary aim of this text is to present the
political, social, theological and cultural context of the founding of
the United States, especially since the relevant historical information
has become clouded.
Of course it would be wrong and extreme to suggest
that the influences upon the founding of the United States were exclusively
Christian. It is equally wrong and extreme to suggest that Christianity
was peripheral to the founding. Since the prevailing scholarship errs toward
the latter, this book is an important contribution to a balanced education
in American History.
about Never Before In History:
"Nicely written, and beautifully laid out -- an
excellent piece of work."
- Peter Marshall
"Among all of the reading I've done while completing
undergraduate and graduate degrees in American history this book ranks
as the best work I have ever read on the colonial and revolutionary periods.
Simply masterful from start to finish, Gardiner and Amos artfully fashion
a wonderful portrait of the genesis of our nation. Leaving aside the superficial
and the cliche so characteristic of such works, the authors penetrate to
the roots of the American experience and gently expose and deflate a whole
lot of bloated revisionists history in the process. This book will revolutionize
its readers understanding of the origins of America.
Beware, this book will have the unintended result
of getting you angry at your high school and college history teachers--you'll
feel certain that they either lied or were criminally ignorant. My advice:
buy this book and read it. Then buy a copy for your favorite teenager and
bribe him or her to read it too. This is one of those rare books that reminds
me of why reading is so wonderful. I just can not conceive of a better
written, more thoughtfully crafted, better illustatrated or packaged book
of its kind."
- Raymond Cannata
"I do not believe that there has been a time since
the War Between the States that such a need for books of this kind has
existed. Careful research, accurate history, and a passionate devotion
to the great principles upon which this nation was established combine
to make this book an ideal answer to that pressing need."
- D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.
About the authors:
Gary Amos - Associate Professor in the
Schools of Law and Government, Regent University, an attorney, author,
and businessman. He holds a Juris Doctor degree and a B.A. in history,
pre-law, and theology. He is a member of the Bar
of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1983 he was a charter faculty member
and co-founder of the Regent University masters degree program in Public
Policy. In 1985-1986 he assisted in the establishment of the Regent
University Law School. Dr. Amos is the author of DEFENDING THE
Richard Gardiner - History Instructor,
Lake School, Hartland, Wisconsin, since 1995; B.A. (Magna Cum Laude)
University of Maryland--College Park;
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary;
History Teacher's Certification, Princeton
University. While at Princeton Theological Seminary, Richard Gardiner
founded and edited The Princeton Theological Reviewand helped found
the Charles Hodge Society. Richard has published a number of journal and
periodical articles related to American History.
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