The Reformation of History


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A heritage is not something to rest upon… it is something to build upon.

America has buried and forgotten her Reformed Christian history, and the tools required to unearth that history have been ravaged by postmodernist academics and forsaken by compromised theologians in American pulpits. It is not good enough, however, to uncover the truth of America’s Christian heritage merely to enshrine facts… No, we must restore America’s Reformational spirit and recover her biblical foundations if we are to solve our present crises or have any hope for the future.

Toward this end, The Reformation of History: Realizing a Forgotten Heritage presents both historical content—from the origins and impact of the Reformation to the Christianity of the Founding Fathers—and the biblical philosophy of history and politics that Christians must employ to interpret and apply that historical content.

In order to resume the abandoned hope of our Christian forefathers, we must begin to view Christian history as they did—not as a back-looking monument to a golden age of faith, but as a vital guide for the conquest of the future. Recall the past. Reclaim the present. Recapture the future.

The Reformation of History is one of three volumes of audio lectures from the 2010 Worldview Super Conference. 

Topics Covered:

· A Christian Philosophy of History
· Postmodernist Presuppositions and Historiography
· The Political Implications of the Reformation for America
· The Abiding Relevance of the Westminster Larger Catechism
· The Worldview and Faith of America’s Founders
· The Problem of Synthesis in Christian Political Theory
· How to Reverse America’s Worldview Decay

Description of Talks:

The Christian Philosophy of History - Dr. Roger Schultz explains how a Christian should view history: as God-centered, Christ-oriented, morally interpreted by biblical standards, and made meaningful by God’s linear redemptive plan. He goes on to explain how Paul, in his sermon on Mars Hill, used a Christian philosophy of history to engage Greek philosophers in “worldview evangelism.”

Christianity and Postmodernist Historiography - Since all facts are interpreted facts, no historian can be neutral—he will draw from his core commitments to make sense of history. Roger Schultz identifies the postmodernist’s presuppositions (pluralism, relativism, revolution, and paganism), explains how they shape the postmodernist view of history, and parallels them to the levels of declension set down by Paul in Romans 1.

The Impact of the Reformation on America - Rev. David Hall outlines the standard theory of politics up to the time of John Calvin, which mandated the unqualified submission of citizens to divinely appointed monarchs, and shows how the Reformation’s exposition of a biblical theory of civil government, specifically elaborated in the anti-tyrannical writings of Calvin’s disciple Theodore Beza, was a necessary condition for both the American War for Independence and the establishment of biblical republicanism in America.

John Winthrop and a City on a Hill - Beginning with the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and focusing on the sovereignty of God’s Providence in the unfolding of history, Bill Potter recounts the fascinating chain of events, and the important Reformation truths, that led to Puritan John Winthrop’s governorship of Massachusetts.

An Introduction to Authentic Christianity - Dr. Joseph Morecraft, III, explains why the Westminster Larger Catechism contains the best and fullest human expression of timeless biblical truth, and, as such, continues to be a relevant and essential tool today for individuals, families, and societies. The Reformed worldview it contains, he says, is “the only worldview … true enough and comprehensive enough to refute and overturn the comprehensive worldviews of humanism and Islam.”

The Worldview of the Founding Fathers - With both sweeping statistics and intimate portraits, Dr. John Eidsmoe employs source documents and incontestably sound deductions to refute roundly the unfounded modern assertion that America’s Founding Fathers were largely Deist or Christian by pretense. Eidsmoe establishes, rather, that the Founding Fathers were overwhelmingly Christian in thought and character.

Christian Political Theory is Kicking Against the Pricks - Joel McDurmon illustrates the evolution of the Two Kingdom theory from Augustine to Calvin to the present, examining the reasons for the relative vacuum of fearlessly biblical scholarship on history, politics, and economics. He contends that the Church will continue to decline into greater cultural irrelevancy until she discontinues her cowardly synthesis with humanism and enthrones God’s Law alone as the only rule for all of life and society.

Your Worldview is Dying - Wes Moore pinpoints globalism, the intellectual weakening of the church, and our abandonment of the Great Commission as the three major reasons for the decline of the biblical Christian worldview in America, and he gives practical measures enabling Christians to utilize the expanded opportunities of globalism, to remove intellectual obstacles from the path of the Gospel, and to embrace the Great Commission.

About the Speakers:

Roger Schultz - Before coming to Liberty University in 2002 as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Roger taught at Virginia Intermont College, the University of Arkansas, and Oak Hills Christian College. He is a specialist in American religious history and particularly interested in worldview education and how Christian commitments and biblical presuppositions influence approaches to academic disciplines. He lectures frequently on these topics and his essays and articles on them, some of which have been translated into Spanish and Hungarian, have appeared in World Magazine, Banner of Truth, and Faith for All of Life among many others.

Reverend David Hall serves as Senior Pastor of the historic Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Powder Springs, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Ann, and three children. He holds a Ph. D. in Christian Intellectual Thought from Whitefield Theological Seminary, and has authored over 20 books and numerous essays including: Election Day Sermons, The Arrogance of the Modern: Historical Theology Held in Contempt, Did God Create in 6 Days?, and A Heart Promptly Offered: The Revolutionary Leadership of John Calvin. He was also the general editor of the Calvin 500 series, and is featured in the American Vision DVD series, Masculine Spiritual Leadership.

Dr. Bill Potter brings almost forty years of research, writing, and teaching experience to the newly formed History Guild Lyceum. A specialist in American political and military history, Bill has held a number of teaching positions in college and university programs, and his lively lectures, hours of which are available on CD and the internet, have educated thousands. He is also a popular speaker at history conferences and tours in the United States and Europe, a member of the Georgia Historical Society, and a Board Member of the Conservative Caucus in Virginia.

Pastor Joseph Morecraft, III, has been pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church, now in Cumming, Georgia, since 1974, and has assisted in the planting of other churches in the Atlanta area. He is a noted lecturer on contemporary American political and historical trends and author of How God Wants Us to Worship Him: a Defense of the Bible as the Only Standard for Modern Worship, With Liberty and Justice for All: Christian Politics Made Simple, and Authentic Christianity: An Exposition of the Theology and Ethics of the Westminster Larger Catechism.

John Eidsmoe - A retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and Alabama State Defense Force Colonel, John is Professor of Law at the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy.  He has served as Senior Staff Attorney with the Alabama Supreme Court and is currently Legal Counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law where, as a constitutional lawyer, he defends the rights of home schools and Christian schools, the student’s right to study the Bible in public schools, and the right to display the Ten Commandments in the public arena. He holds six academic degrees in law, theology, and political science, and has authored 13 books, including Christianity & the Constitution, God & Caesar, and Columbus & Cortez.

Joel Mcdurmon received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary and currently serves as Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored several books, including God versus Socialism: A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel, and Biblical Logic: In Theory and Practice. His recent editorial work, How to Argue with a Liberal… and Win!, is currently one of American Vision’s bestsellers. In addition to his writings, Joel frequently lectures and preaches. You can find all of his books, videos, and audio at www.AmericanVision.org.

Wes Moore founded and directs Evidence America, a non-denominational apologetics and evangelism ministry existing to bring glory to Jesus Christ by restoring biblical authority in North America through the power of contemporary Christian apologetics. Wes is a dynamic speaker with real experience and workable solutions for the present worldview crisis in the American Church. He is the author of The Maker and Forcefully Advancing.

Specifications: MP3 Download, 8 Lessons, approximately 50 minutes each; total runtime approximately 400 minutes

These lectures were recorded at the 2010 Worldview Super Conference. 

© The American Vision, Inc.


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