Newt Gingrich has gained the esteem of his peers through his work in government, most notably as the Speaker of the House under which Congress accomplished many things -notably the first balanced budget in a generation.
In Newt Gingrich’s book, Rediscovering God in America, he takes the reader on an exploration of America’s history as he invites readers to take a walk in Washington, D.C. The book centers around a key question: Does God belong in the public square and what role should faith play in the future? Fox News personality Sean Hannity has said that the book “has personally deepened my own faith.” This book remains as relevant today as it was upon its 2006 publication. The book outlines the fact that America was indeed founded on Christianity while concurrently enforcing freedom of religion. It details this fact and takes the reader back to the drafting of the Constitution. Gingrich declares that it is not a misunderstanding of the vision of our founding fathers but a complete lack of education on the subject as the impetus in the liberal versus conservative feud over what it means to be religious in a country where its citizens are free from religious persecution.
A profound and thrilling quote introduces each chapter which includes subjects such as the Supreme Court, National Archives, the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, and the Washington and Lincoln Memorials, among others.
The most inspiring feature of Rediscovering God in America is the fact that from the National Archives one may walk to the tour which demonstrates the very real presence of God in the national monuments in Washington, D.C.
While America is a country that embraces all and does not force Christianity on its citizens, as one reads Gingrich's work, it is unequivocally and inescapably evident that the United States was in fact founded and created with tenets of Christianity at its core. President John F. Kennedy said it best: “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”
America finds itself in troubling financial times. Those who consider themselves to be religious believers of God find solace in their faith. Whether one is a Christian is not the concern – rather it is the idea of faith and the role it plays in our everyday lives and how that translates into the decisions made by those powerful few in government.
For those interested in delving into the history of America and the idea of separation of church and state, Rediscovering God in America is a must-read for any political science enthusiast – it may even incite you to take the walking tour of our nation’s monuments. And we can all thank the expression of “God” by the vision of our founding fathers – it is because of them that we all have the freedom to do so.