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Book Review: Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation’s History by Newt Gingrich

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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.

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  • Jeff

    If I were “interested in delving into the history of America and the idea of separation of church and state,” a book by a political demagogue such as NG is the last place I would look.

  • http://onlinewelath101.blogspot.com Eric

    The concern on the framers’ minds was not the influence of religion on public life. They wanted the assurance that the government could not establish a state religion. We’ve reversed the original purpose of antidisestablishmentarianism. This is a much needed book!

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Whatever one can say of Newt, he’s one of the few remaining thinkers from the clueless Right; his writings are relatively free of ideological bias, a rather rare quality in today’s charged atmosphere.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    “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.”

    The money quote. It’s all about faith, not religion.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Except I should add, “the decisions WE make, and how WE relate to . . .”

  • Bliffle

    The author is wrong: “…the fact that America was indeed founded on Christianity…”

    Not at all. The country was founded by deists who believed there is SOME kind of god but differed widely thereafter.

    But the christians, in a sneaky persistent propaganda attempt, keep trying to permute deism into christianity.

    In fact, when Tom Paine took exception to that major highjacking, the christians tried to slander Paine as an atheist, which he was not.

    While there is occasional mention of a vague sort of deity in some early papers there is no such mention of ‘christ’ or ‘jesus’.

    Besides, who is Newt Gingrich to talk about christianity or any other religion? I suspect he’s just trying to gull the christians.

    There were also a great number of atheists among the early settlers and pioneers, seeking refuge from the religious (often christian) political represiion in Europe.