Book Review: Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America

founding-faith.jpgOriginally published in 2008, Founding Faith by Steven Waldman has aged like a fine bottle of wine, amazing when it was first published and even better now. The arguments Waldman uses when applying the viewpoints of the founding fathers to the issues of today are well-researched, unbiased, and still ring true.

The book starts out by studying the religious roots of the original 13 colonies, and how they tied into the American Revolution. He presents the facts about how early Christianity was practiced in the 13 colonies, and it is impossible to miss the similarities between the brutality of Christianity at the time and that of the radical Muslims of today, even though Waldman himself never explicitly points this out.

Furthermore, Waldman declares the American Revolution nothing short of a “holy war” and is able to back up his assertation with well researched facts and arguments. His research makes the fact that the colonists’ religious beliefs were instrumental to the Revolution.

Throughout the book, Waldman goes on to present the religious views of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a way that is easy to read and accessible to all, while showcasing the early lives of these founding fathers that brought them to their views on faith.

Finally, he digs into the religious arguments being made at the time of the American Revolution, all the way to and through the passage of the Bill of Rights.

Waldman’s ability to present the debates and political tactics of the 18th century in a way that reminds the reader of the political battles of today gives you faith that what we are facing today is not so different from what our country was going through over 200 years ago, and we made it through just fine.

Jam-packed with information about the formation of our country, and how it applies to the issues our country is facing today, this book should be required reading for every high-school student. Below is a link to Amazon if you’d like to get a copy of the book yourself.

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