The Light and the Glory was a fascinating read. It accomplishes its purpose in exposing some of the Christian tradition of America that isn't taught iThe Light and the Glory was a fascinating read. It accomplishes its purpose in exposing some of the Christian tradition of America that isn't taught in history classes, and isn't mentioned in textbooks.
Though Christians always talk about the Christian foundations of our nation, the cynical side of me wonders to what extent that is true. This book cites primary sources that sheds light on some of these things that I have been cynical about. It's especially enlightening how many of the writers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution relied on God, and considered God the most important factor on which to build our new nation.
I must say, however, that I'm not quite convinced of everything conjectured by the authors. I don't think they sufficiently proved that Columbus was a devout Christian. It's hard to see some of the blessings that are declared from God when so many people end up dead. The book talks about how the Puritans were materially blessed when they followed God, and unblessed when they started forgetting God. However, America now is extremely blessed materially after almost completely pushing God out of the picture. I have a hard time reconciling things like that. Also, hanging over all this is the way the whites came and took land that belonged to someone else.
The thing that has gotten me thinking most of all, is the declaration that America is God's new Israel. I'm not saying that the Pilgrims and the Puritans didn't believe this. I'm not saying they weren't good righteous Christian people. However, I question the right of any group of people to declare themselves the new Israel, and to assume the covenant promises got made to a different group of people a couple thousand years earlier. It seems a little arrogant to assume as much, and also to assume they have a right to take the land from its inhabitants in the same way God sent the Israelites into the promised land to take it.
The Evidence for Creation is a very good overview of the argument for a creation as opposed to evolution. The book gives a ton of evidence that that sThe Evidence for Creation is a very good overview of the argument for a creation as opposed to evolution. The book gives a ton of evidence that that shows how science supports the biblical account of creation.
It is very interesting that the theory (not fact) of evolution has become the view of the sophisticated, educated side, while the biblical view is perceived as faith-based with no connection to science. The evidence in this book shows several aspects of the evolutionist argument that are fatally flawed. All of the dating methods that date the earth as being millions or billions of years old operate with the presupposition that evolution is true. Evolution relies on the assumption that life was made from no life, something that has never been accomplished by the most ingenious geneticists. There are no missing links between the old and new life forms. The fossil record does not show simple moving to complex. The theory that by random chance chaos can be turned to order, simple can be changed to complex, is actually the complete opposite of scientific.
I would recommend this book for any Christian who is trying to figure out why the Bible doesn't agree with science. The evidence shows clearly that the science can be explained much more satisfactorily by the biblical account than by any theories that evolutionists propose. I would also recommend this book to students of science who have been taught to believe that evolution is an established scientific fact. You will soon see, if you are a seeker of truth, that evolution is the farthest thing from it....more