From Tyndale to Madison: How the Death of an English Martyr Led to the American Bill of Rights

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B&H Publishing Group, 2007 - 491 Seiten
From Tyndale to Madison is a sweeping literary work passionately tracing the epic history of religious liberty across three centuries, from the turbulent waning days of medieval Europe to colonial America and the birth pangs of a new nation. With literally a cast of thousands, the tapestry of world history is on display here. From the remarkable translation work of William Tyndale to the court intrigues of Henry VIII and Thomas More, the battle for the English Bible culminates in the venerable King James Version. Also detailed is the spread of the Reformation through the eyes of Martin Luther, John Knox, and John Calvin--in their own, often surprising words.

Readers witness the anguish of religious dissenters under the oppressive reign of Bloody Mary and the first sparks of liberty with the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the English Commonwealth. A little more than one hundred years later, across the sea, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson fight to establish a bill of rights that will guarantee every American citizen the "free exercise" of their religion. Without sugarcoating either side of the story, author Michael Farris, an exemplary twenty-first-century statesman and constitutional lawyer who regularly defends religious freedom on Capitol Hill, shares eye-opening historical details regarding the sacrifices people made then to secure the inalienable rights we enjoy today.

"We must tell the story of the Christian persecutors, so that we can put to the test the claim that people who cared little about faith and religion were the heroes of liberty. The true heroes are not to be found among the salons of the Enlightenment philosophes, but in the cells in King's Bench Prison and tied to the stake at Smithfield."

This is their story.
 

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Very well researched, very good read.

Nutzerbericht  - Tom Thumb - Christianbook.com

Mr. Farris has done excellent research looking at heroes of the Christian faith. He definitely educates his readers on the major events that brought about our modern concept of religious liberty. The book was so good, I read it twice. Vollständige Rezension lesen

From Tyndale to Madison: how the death of an English martyr led to the American Bill of Rights

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Questions regarding the genesis of religious liberty and freedom of conscience in the United States have been central in our society. Farris (chancellor, Patrick Henry Coll.; chair & general counsel ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Scripture for Ploughboys
3
The King the Pope and the Word
12
War of the Words
21
Tyndales Triumph
34
The Bible and the Boy King
43
Marys Five Years of Terror
50
Debating Freedom inside the Kings Bench Prison
68
Defending a Doctrine Killing a Man
81
A Foundation of Paradoxes
209
An Irrepressible Yearning
233
Enclosed Gardens of God
235
Better Hypocrites
252
A New Light in Hanover
275
Be Ye Separate
292
Very Early and Strong Impressions
305
Free Exercise of Religion
315

At the Icy Blast of the Trumpet
97
The Very Wisest Fool in Christendom
111
The Bravest Voices of Liberty
130
The English Rehoboam
148
The Lord Hath Now Some Controversy with England
160
Called Hither to Save a Nation
180
Explicit Faith and Spiritual Swords
195
The Rising Sun of Liberty
329
Battle for the Bill of Rights Part I
363
The Lessons of Liberty
383
Notes
391
Bibliography
453
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Seite 460 - A declaration of the Faith and Order owned and practised in the Congregational churches in England, agreed upon, and consented unto by their Elders and Messengers, in their meeting at the Savoy, October 12, 1658.

Über den Autor (2007)

Michael Farris is chairman and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College where students are trained to impact the world "for Christ and for Liberty." He is a constitutional lawyer, a leading pro-family activist on Capitol Hill, and an ordained minister whom Education Week named among the "Top 100 Faces in Education." Farris and his wife have ten children and ten grandchildren.

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