Resistance to Tyrants, Obedience to God

Reason, Religion, and Republicanism at the American Founding

Author: Dustin A. Gish,Daniel P. Klinghard

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 073918220X

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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Both reason and religion have been acknowledged by scholars to have had a profound impact on the foundation and formation of the American regime. But the significance, pervasiveness, and depth of that impact have also been disputed. While many have approached the American founding period with an interest in the influence of Enlightenment reason or Biblical religion, they have often assumed such influences to be exclusive, irreconcilable, or contradictory. Few scholarly works have sought to study the mutual influence of reason and religion as intertwined strands shaping the American historical and political experience at its founding. The purpose of the chapters in this volume, authored by a distinguished group of scholars in political science, intellectual history, literature, and philosophy, is to examine how this mutual influence was made manifest in the American Founding—especially in the writings, speeches, and thought of critical figures (Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Carroll), and in later works by key interpreters of the American Founding (Alexis de Tocqueville and Abraham Lincoln). Taken as a whole, then, this volume does not attempt to explain away the potential opposition between religion and reason in the American mind of the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- centuries, but instead argues that there is a uniquely American perspective and political thought that emerges from this tension. The chapters gathered here, individually and collectively, seek to illuminate the animating affect of this tension on the political rhetoric, thought, and history of the early American period. By taking seriously and exploring the mutual influence of these two themes in creative tension, rather than seeing them as diametrically opposed or as mutually exclusive, this volume thus reveals how the pervasiveness and resonance of Biblical narratives and religion supported and infused Enlightened political discourse and action at the Founding, thereby articulating the complementarity of reason and religion during this critical period.
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Rebellion to Tyrants Is Obedience to God

The Role of Christianity in the American Revolution

Author: Daniel S. Stackhouse Jr. Ph. D.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781635759549

Category: History

Page: 142

View: 1045

Often when the subject of religion and the American Revolution is written about or discussed, people fall into one of two camps. The first proclaims that America was founded as a Christian nation based upon the Bible and its teachings. Meanwhile, the other declares that America was created as a completely secular country and that Christianity, the Bible, God, and Jesus had absolutely nothing to do with it. In Rebellion to Tyrants Is Obedience to God: The Role of Christianity in the American Revolution, Daniel S. Stackhouse Jr. argues that Christianity played a significant role in the creation of the American republic. While acknowledging that the revolution birthed a nation with a secular constitution and therefore a secular government, Stackhouse also presents evidence that Christian thought, preaching, and practice helped to create and sustain colonial resistance to British policies and lead to the founding of the United States of America.
Posted in History

The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates

A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government

Author: Matthew J. Trewhella

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781482327687

Category: Political Science

Page: 132

View: 9938

America has entered troubling times. The rule of law is crumbling. The massive expansion of Federal government power with its destructive laws and policies is of grave concern to many. But what can be done to quell the abuse of power by civil authority? Are unjust or immoral actions by the government simply to be accepted and their lawless commands obeyed? How do we know when the government has acted tyrannically? Which actions constitute proper and legitimate resistance? This book places in your hands a hopeful blueprint for freedom. Appealing to history and the Word of God, Pastor Matthew Trewhella answers these questions and shows how Americans can successfully resist the Federal government's attempts to trample our Constitution, assault our liberty, and impugn the law of God. The doctrine of the lesser magistrates declares that when the superior or higher civil authority makes an unjust/immoral law or decree, the lesser or lower ranking civil authority has both the right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lower authority may even actively resist the superior authority. Historically, this doctrine was practiced before the time of Christ and Christianity. It was Christian men, however, who formalized and embedded it into their political institutions throughout Western Civilization. The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is a historic tool that provides proven guidelines for proper and legitimate resistance to tyranny, often without causing any major upheaval in society. The doctrine teaches us how to rein in lawless acts by government and restore justice in our nation. "Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me." -Roman Emperor Trajan, speaking to one of his subordinates This is the first book published solely addressing the doctrine of the lesser magistrates in over 400 years. Matthew Trewhella is the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church. He is a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College. He and his wife, Clara, have eleven children and nine grandchildren, and reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. His research and teaching on the lesser magistrate doctrine is reshaping the thinking of Americans. He was instrumental in publishing the Magdeburg Confession in 2012 - the first English translation of the document since it was written in 1550.
Posted in Political Science

The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding

Author: David W. Hall

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739111062

Category: History

Page: 484

View: 5495

In this provocative study, David W. Hall argues that the American founders were more greatly influenced by Calvinism than contemporary scholars, and perhaps even the founders themselves, have understood. Calvinism's insistence on human rulers' tendency to err played a significant role in the founders' prescription of limited government and fed the distinctly American philosophy in which political freedom for citizens is held as the highest value. Hall's timely work countervails many scholars' doubt in the intellectual efficacy of religion by showing that religious teachings have led to such progressive ideals as American democracy and freedom.
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Rebellion to Tyrants Is Obedience to God

The Role of Christianity in the American Revolution

Author: Daniel S Stackhouse Jr Ph D

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530144396

Category:

Page: 132

View: 1807

Often when the subject of religion and the American Revolution is written about or discussed, people fall into one of two camps. The first proclaims that America was founded as a Christian nation based upon the Bible and its teachings. Meanwhile, the other declares that America was created as a completely secular country and that Christianity, the Bible, God, and Jesus had absolutely nothing to do with it. In "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God: The Role of Christianity in the American Revolution," Daniel S. Stackhouse, Jr. argues that Christianity played a significant role in the creation of the American republic. While acknowledging that the revolution birthed a nation with a secular Constitution and therefore a secular government, Stackhouse also presents evidence that Christian thought, preaching, and practice helped to create and sustain colonial resistance to British policies and lead to the founding of the United States of America. ..".a significant work that takes a solid position against those who argue outlying positions that America was either a wholly secular creation, or that America was always governed by Christian precepts." - Amazon.com
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The United States of America 2.0

Author: Jay Rogers

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1329172973

Category: Religion

Page: 40

View: 1106

In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God." America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over. By the 21st century, we need a "Puritan Storm" to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is "God walking on earth." This booklet gives a primer on our founders' Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).
Posted in Religion

Tyranny and Resistance

The Magdeburg Confession and the Lutheran Tradition

Author: David Mark Whitford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 142

View: 7629

Examines the confession as a statement of the God-given right to resist unjust rule. Follows Luther's insights and practice.
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Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers

Author: Daniel L. Dreisbach

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199987939

Category: Bible and politics

Page: 344

View: 9531

No book was more accessible or familiar to the American founders than the Bible, and no book was more frequently alluded to or quoted from in the political discourse of the age. How and for what purposes did the founding generation use the Bible? How did the Bible influence their political culture? Shedding new light on some of the most familiar rhetoric of the founding era, Daniel Dreisbach analyzes the founders' diverse use of scripture, ranging from the literary to the theological. He shows that they looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civic virtue, political authority, and the rights and duties of citizens, as well as for political and legal models to emulate. They quoted scripture to authorize civil resistance, to invoke divine blessings for righteous nations, and to provide the language of liberty that would be appropriated by patriotic Americans. Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers broaches the perennial question of whether the American founding was, to some extent, informed by religious-specifically Christian-ideas. In the sense that the founding generation were members of a biblically literate society that placed the Bible at the center of culture and discourse, the answer to that question is clearly "yes." Ignoring the Bible's influence on the founders, Dreisbach warns, produces a distorted image of the American political experiment, and of the concept of self-government on which America is built.
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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Publisher: United Holdings Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Anarchism

Page: 38

View: 8180

Posted in Anarchism

Worldliness (Foreword by John Piper)

Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Author: C. J. Mahaney

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433522217

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 3278

This resource uncovers the presence of worldliness and helps believers learn to relate to the world while resisting its influence in their lives. People today are saturated in technology and prosperity. They are bombarded with endless luxuries: clothes to wear, cars to buy, vacations to take, entertainment to enjoy. Yet this world, which offers so many pleasures, is actively opposed to God and the truth of His Word. How, then, is the believer to relate to the world in which he or she lives? Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World uncovers the presence of worldliness-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has or does. Worldliness then reveals how Christians are to engage a fallen world and boldly preach the gospel, yet not be conformed and ultimately seduced by the system of this world. As readers learn to identify the presence of worldliness in the areas of media, modesty, music, and material possessions, they can begin to resist its influence in their lives and instead pursue eternal godliness.
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None of the Above

Why 2008 Is the Year to Cast the Ultimate Protest Vote

Author: Joseph Farah

Publisher: WND Books

ISBN: 1935071017

Category: Political Science

Page: 199

View: 1616

The choices put before us this year by the two major parties make George Bush look like George Washington by comparison - especially with regard to the Constitution.It is because of my strong belief in the Constitution that I am urging Americans this year not to vote for either major-party candidate - because neither Barack Obama nor John McCain understand, appreciate and revere the charter that serves as the very basis for our unique form of government.It's time for a real protest against a broken and corrupt American political system. It's not a time for choosing the lesser of two evils. That won't fix our country's leadership crisis. It's time for resistance. It's time for rebellion. It's time for radicalism. It's time to start saying no to the bad choices we are being handed by the system. It's time to change from compliance to government to a spirit of obedience to higher to God and the Constitution that limits the authority of government.And it's time to translate this into the political arena.
Posted in Political Science

On Tyranny

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Author: Timothy Snyder

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 0804190119

Category: Political Science

Page: 126

View: 8815

In previous books, Holocaust historian Timothy Snyder dissected the events and values that enabled the rise of Hitler and Stalin and the execution of their catastrophic policies. With Twenty Lessons, Snyder draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. As he writes, "Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism and communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience."
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Evangelicalism and the Politics of Reform in Northern Black Thought, 1776-1863

Author: Rita Roberts

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807138243

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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During the revolutionary age and in the early republic, when racial ideologies were evolving and slavery expanding, some northern blacks surprisingly came to identify very strongly with the American cause and to take pride in calling themselves American. In this intriguing study, Rita Roberts explores this phenomenon and offers an in-depth examination of the intellectual underpinnings of antebellum black activists.
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Thomas Jefferson

A Brief Biography

Author: N.A

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781882886005

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 48

View: 1213

In this small jewel of a biography, readers will become acquainted with the mind and temperament of Thomas Jefferson as written by the greatest of Jefferson scholars. Dumas Malone, author of the unrivaled six-volume biography, Jefferson and His Time, brought fifty years of research and scholarship to the writing of this essay. It is a life story told with great respect and without hero worship.
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Freedom Journeys

The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness Across Millennia

Author: Arthur Ocean Waskow,Phyllis Ocean Berman

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing

ISBN: 1580234453

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 973

Calling us to relearn and rethink the Passover story, Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman share the enduring spiritual resonance of the Hebrews' journey for our own time.
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The Subjection of Women

Author: John Stuart Mill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Women

Page: 188

View: 2408

Posted in Women