Originally published in 1898, Christianity and the American Commonwealth is a collection of five brilliant lectures given by Dr. Charles B. Galloway at the Chapel of Emory College in Oxford, Georgia. The arguments made in his book, although written more than 100 years ago, are persuasively modern and need to be heeded by today’s church. More than a hundred historical images from all over the world have been added to bring Galloway’s text to life. The five lectures are broken into five chapters:
1. Religion and Civil Government
2. The Christian Coming and Character of the Early Colonists
3. The Christian Institutions and Laws of the Colonists
4. Christianity and the Nation
5. Christian Education in the American Commonwealth
Christianity and the American Commonwealth is one of the best summaries of the impact of Christianity on America. Galloway leaves no stone un-turned in his historical and logical arguments to demonstrate that without the gospel and the application of all of God’s Word to all of life, civilizations turn despotic and crumble.
During his world travels, Galloway came into contact with other cultures and their worldviews. He saw the effects of false religion on whole civilizations. His arguments in this book, although written more than 100 years ago, are persuasively modern and need to be heeded by today’s church. He counters the mistaken notion that God’s Word is a one-dimensional devotional guide:
They fatally undervalue the mighty mission of Christianity who limit it merely to “the assertion of moral principle,” without any care for its social and political results. It contemplates the sanctification of the home, the redemption of the nation, the purification of commerce, and the exaltation of civic virtue. When our Lord announced that his kingdom is not of this world, he meant not to say that it had nothing to do with the things of this world. His mission was to adjust human relations; and the enthronement of his gospel is the life of society that will right all social wrongs and bring in a new heaven and a new earth. The teachings of Christ are the perfect solution of all the problems of society.
His closing words are as true today as they were in 1898:
“Correct principles sown in the soil of the young mind, cultivated by wise, well-equipped teachers, and ripened by the sun of a gracious Providence, will produce a manhood and womanhood that will sacredly preserve the past and guarantee the glory of the future.”
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