The New England Pulpit: When American Pastors Preached Politics, Resisted Tyranny and Founded a Nation on the Bible
The diminishing light of civil liberty in this land is linked directly to the lack of preaching on it in today’s pulpits. Dr. Alice Baldwin’s wonderful book is a welcome antidote to this problem, should we be willing to take it.
Dr. Baldwin illustrates how the preachers of the early American era thought and practiced just the opposite as today. Mountains of research in colonial sermons, tracts, pamphlets, and other publications, reveals how the pulpits of colonial America rang constantly on all aspects of the public square: good rulers, good laws, good forms of government, and the blessings of liberty. We especially hear of those choice values of biblical order that became the battle cries of American independence.
Commenting on the classic paraphrase of “life, liberty, and property,” Baldwin proclaims,
“No one can fully understand the American Revolution and the American constitutional system without a realization of the long history and religious associations which lie behind these words; without realizing that for a hundred years before the Revolution men were taught that these rights were protected by divine, inviolable law.”
Covering the entire revolutionary era, she concludes that the central force behind it all was the pulpit’s application of the Word of God to politics and government. She says, “It must not be forgotten, in the multiplicity of authors mentioned, that the source of greatest authority and the one most commonly used was the Bible.” And she proves that “from the law of God they derived their political theories.”
It is long past time to recover the great and powerful preaching of our founding era—a time when pastors did not fear to preach politics, resist tyranny, and found their governments on the Bible. Dr. Baldwin’s nearly-forgotten book is a powerful resource toward that end. We recommend it to every pastor and every Christian in hope that they follow the example of its subject matter even more.
as low as $24.95 $50.00
The Bible tells us that the "fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). It also tells us "to be ready always with an answer" (1 Peter...
as low as $10.00 $30.00
This product is available in the following formats: DVD MP4 Video Download Streaming Video Watch and learn as the late Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen teaches you how to think as a...
as low as $10.00 $30.00
This product is available in the following formats: DVD MP4 Video Download Streaming Video The end is here... again. At every calendar milestone, self-proclaimed modern-day prophets arise to stir up a...
as low as $15.00 $30.00
This download includes the audio of talks from the Worldview Super Conference IV - Biblical Blueprints for Victory. (2010) Christianity and Post-Modern Historiography - Dr. Roger Schultz Postmodern approaches...