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A Theological Interpretation of American History

A Theological Interpretation of American History

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by C. Gregg Singer

In this revised and updated edition, C. Gregg Singer portrays the influence of theology on political, constitutional, social, and economic trends in American history. His concern is not merely with the facts of history but with their correct interpretation. "It is impossible to understand completely the history of a nation apart from the philosophies and the theologies which lie at the heart of its intellectual life," explains Dr. Singer. He focuses on the role of Scripture in the formation of the American tradition and the impact of unbiblical thinking upon the life and politics of the nation.

Topics covered include:

- Deism in Colonial Life
- Transcendentalism and the Rise of Modern Democracy
- Social Darwinism: Its Theological Background and Political Implications
- The Social Gospel and Its Political Effects in American Life
- Theological Liberalism after 1920 and Its Political Consequences
- The New Deal and Its Consequences
- World War Two and After
- Conservatism and Liberalism, Theological and Political: Their Ebb and Flow


"History does not proceed without the ideas of men behind it -- past, present, and future. Because of this, Gregg Singer's book is a must read for pastors' and people to understand the ideas behind our American history. It is surprising to see how much Calvinism and Calvinistic leaders helped guide our country's founding and achieved stability and freedom, especially for religion. The book is also a challenge to teach sound doctrine in the church to raise up faithful and thinking people to influence the ideas behind our future." Pastor Fred Malone (Clinton, LA)

"I found the book absolutely fascinating, challenging, and enlightening. I am not a historian, so I cannot say where he was or was not valid in his historiography, but his work gave me a brand new understanding of American history, especially in how we fell away from Christian principles into social Darwinism and the doctrines that bled over from the French Revolution. He helped me grasp the inroad of Deism, Transcendentalism, Democracy, and the Social Gospel. He was especially helpful to me regarding the New Deal. Singer prepared me to understand how our once great nation descended to its present state. I was not surprised by the advent of the Obama regime, primarily because of the understanding I have of our history: a great deal of that came from Gregg's book." Pastor Jeff Pollard (Mt Zion Bible Church, Pensacola, FL)

"Dr. Singer brings to light and focuses on the realities which made our country great in its formative decades. The contemporary ideas respecting our country and its history are amiss, being secularized and spiritually destitute. Our spiritual history is unsurpassed in the history of nations. May this book call people back to their true spiritual roots." Pastor William R. Downing

Paperback; 360 pages

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