James B. Rose is the spokesperson for the late Mary-Elaine Swanson, who authored John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty. A forerunner in the field of American Christian Education, Rose is also an author in his own right. He resides in Redding, California.
What is John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty about?
The founding fathers of America are often presented as atheists, or at best a bunch of deists, along with all those political philosophers who influenced them—Locke being chief among them. Unfortunately, many Christian thinkers have been influenced by these views, writing that Locke exalted reason above revelation and saw the laws of nature as more valuable than the laws of nature’s God. Swanson clearly shows that Locke was no deist, rationalist, or secularist, but Christian in his profession and Biblical in his worldview.
Mary-Elaine Swanson has done an invaluable service for this and subsequent generations by resurrecting awareness and presenting an accurate knowledge of John Locke and his reasoning through an uncensored view of his life, writings, and incalculable influence on America. This book will help Americans understand the importance of Locke’s thinking for American constitutionalism today.
What inspired this book?
Nearly 30 years of association, instruction, and encouragement from the example of Miss Verna M. Hall (the foremost historian of America’s Christian history and government) inspired Swanson to write this book. The author remembered how, with gentleness, intelligence, and a comforting cheerfulness, she would address a fear or resolve a question with questions and counsel that made you conscious of "Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." (I Cor. 1:24)
Swanson's own love of history was constantly renewed as she listened to her articulate, in a clear, commanding and most inspiring way, the Christian view of God, man and government and the evidences of God’s Hand in our history.