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Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776

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It motivated America’s founding fathers, influenced national independence, and inspired our foundational documents. Wars raged over it. Men died for it. All for faith. And out of the smoke and grit, a nation was born. From the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to the passage of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Forged in Faith traces the epic colonization of America, th ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Oasis Audio (first published 2010)
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprising little book

What do I mean by surprising? I already knew how much of a role faith played in the founding of our country, so I was not surprised by that aspect of Forged in Faith: How Faith Shaped the Birth of the Nation 1607-1776 . Rather, I found myself thinking that Gragg was slanting the facts to make a point and leaving out crucial details, only to find, when I turned the page, that he addressed those details and addressed them fairly.

For example, he extols the virtues of the r
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're at all interested in the faith of our founding fathers and how it shaped the birth of this nation, this is the book to read. A nice background of the state of religion in Europe prior to the first settlements in the New World, the book takes us through the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Well documented, the back 5th of the book is footnotes to back up the author's presentation and timeline of what was happening spiritually throughout these formative years. While not a "sto ...more
Michael  A Milton, PhD, MPA
I could not put it down. The author passionately and beautifully demonstrates what British historian Paul Johnson wrote, that America was founded out of Christian convictions. That one fact creates a river a history that explains the tensions, trials, and triumphs of the American experience. The present humanistic culture is an anomaly that will either redefine the nation or be swept aside by the current of another revival.
John Doody
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a Masters in Political Science and I didn't know much of the information this author reveals about our nation's founding. It's very interesting and very unsettling to see the change in the American culture through the centuries.
Well-written and researched account that you never learned in high school. It helps to connect the dots and explains some of the "whys" behind the events that formed our nation. Highly recommend!
Mary Adams
Forged in Faith was good, but it fell a bit short of my expectations — or at least what I was looking for. It started out by focusing on the various faith-based influences on the founding of specific settlements and colonies. I could have listened to an entire book based on this.

There were also interesting tidbits on the role of key religious leaders like George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. I wish there had been more time spent on the influence of these people, but given the relatively shor
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good overview of the religious influence leading up to the American Founding. I was hoping for a little more analysis, but it is adequate for the subject matter. A nice reminder of our religious roots.
John Barbour
Surprise! I found this audio book in the Public Library. There is still hope for America, folks, and this proves it. Rod Gragg reviews the history that was well known for the first 250 years after our founding and one with which we should all be familiar, but because of the dropping of the ball by the "progressive" generation, the world wars, the takeover of the public schools by progressives, and the consequent revision of history by deconstructionists and cultural Marxists, it has been lost to ...more
Keith Kirby
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard about Rod Gragg on a radio show and was impressed with his dedication to the human element in historical events and the authenticity of his works. This book should be a must-read for anyone interested in the founding of the United States. It clearly points out that although the founders had different ideas about life and government, there was some common values that united them. Sadly, the reliance on those common values has deteriorated over the years.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent (and brief) history book about the faith foundations of America. From the earliest settlers in Jamestown and Plymouth, to the Puritans in New England, the transformations of the Great Awakening, and the beginnings of the War for Independence, the Bible and Christianity have played foundational roles in our nation's founding. I knew a lot of this story, but I had not realized how deeply intertwined the Bible was with the founding charters, compacts, and covenants of each col ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rod Gragg writes to show the religious underpinnings of the United States of America. He explains that the majority of settlers, both the Pilgrims and those at Jamestown Colony, came for religious freedom and that their charters and organizations were designed around their religious beliefs. He also discusses the "Great Awakening," the religious revival in the mid-1700s led by such important but seldom remembered names as George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards, that brought the colonists back to ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a notion often promoted in todays American society that the early founders of the United States were a selfish group of men whose only aim was to exploit any resource, including their neighbors, in order to create fortune for themselves. Rod Gragg shows, through an examination of historical documents and events that this was simply not so. The early founders were a people of faith, not without faults as all men are, but people who came to this continent with the intention and desire to ...more
Amanda Tranmer
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me over a year to get through this one, starting and stopping several times, but once I finally commited I really enjoyed the history lesson, and I'm glad I persevered.
From William Bradford to George Fox, from Roger Williams to William Penn the book explores the genesis of the colonies, their original leadership and first governing principles. It travels through the Great Awakening visiting the stories of Samuel Davies, Jonathan Edwards, and George Whitfield and the way they dramaticall
Marguerite Gray
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used this book as research for my Revolutionary Faith series. Gragg chronicles the faith journey of the New World from 1607-1776 giving great emphasis on the result of the faith of ministers and founding fathers. Excellent.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative but reading a history book.
Andy Anderson
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great book and easy to read. Our country went thru a lot in the early days to form as a nation. A must read....
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Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down. I highly recommend all believers and non believers read this important book. I thought I had a pretty good overall understanding of how faith impacted and shaped the birth of our country. With great precision, this author uncovers truth that I believe needs to be shared with our generation and generations to come. Faith did in fact forge and shape our nation. May God help us never lose sight of that.
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“Through a diversity of Bible-based beliefs, Colonial America firmly founded its culture, laws, and government on the Judeo-Christian worldview. That common faith was clearly expressed in the founding documents of all thirteen American colonies: The Massachusetts Bay Colony’s charter recorded an intent to spread the “knowledge and obedience of the only true God and Savior of mankind, and the Christian faith,” much as the Mayflower Compact cited a commitment to “the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian faith.” Connecticut’s Fundamental Orders officially called for “an orderly and decent Government established according to God” that would “maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.” In New Hampshire, the Agreement of the Settlers at Exeter vowed to establish a government “in the name of Christ” that “shall be to our best discerning agreeable to the Will of God.” Rhode Island’s colonial charter invoked the “blessing of God” for “a sure foundation of happiness to all America.” The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England stated, “Whereas we all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel …” New York’s Duke’s Laws prohibited denial of “the true God and his Attributes.” New Jersey’s founding charter vowed, “Forasmuch as it has pleased God, to bring us into this Province…we may be a people to the praise and honor of his name.” Delaware’s original charter officially acknowledged “One almighty God, the Creator, Upholder and Ruler of the World.” Pennsylvania’s charter officially cited a “Love of Civil Society and Christian Religion” as motivation for the colony’s founding. Maryland’s charter declared an official goal of “extending the Christian Religion.” Virginia’s first charter commissioned colonization as “so noble a work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the…propagating of Christian Religion.” The charter for the Colony of Carolina proclaimed “a laudable and pious zeal for the propagation of the Christian faith.” Georgia’s charter officially cited a commitment to the “propagating of Christian religion.”27” 0 likes
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