Written by Peter Lillback president of Westminster Theological Seminary, and requiring more than 15 years to research and write, Lillback in George Washington's Sacred Fire directly challenges the claims of revisionist historians that George Washington was a dedicated deist.
Since the 1930's the belief that Washington was a dedicated Christian has been largely out of vogue among colonial era and presidential scholars. This was in large part the accomplishment of one book, a book that often failed to cite Washington's work were necessary, and patently ignored or lied about items in Washington's writings and correspondence indicating a deep belief in the Christian faith.
Lillback aims to set the record straight by providing a detailed examination of Washington's letters and writings, as well as Washington's historic milieu. Lillback shows that much of what has been used to justify the argument of Washington as deist is rooted in a poor understanding of his historical context, and what Washington himself did and wrote.
An enlightening, engaging, and long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith.
Dr. Lillback burries the myth that Washington was an unbeliever - at most a "deist" - under an avalanche of facts.
--Robert P. George
Secular historians ignore George Washington's ward Nelly Custis, who wrote that doubting his Christian faith was as absurd as doubting his patriotism. But they cannot ignore this mountain of evidence suggesting Washington's religion was not Deism, but just the sort of low-church Anglicanism one would expect in an 18th century Virginia gentleman. His "sacred fire" lit America's path toward civil and religious liberty.
--Walter A. McDougall
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
Peter A. Lillback, Ph.D., is the president of The Providence Forum, senior pastor at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and president of Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Historical Theology. He is the voice of Proclaiming the Word, a daily syndicated radio program, as well as The Proclamation Worship Hour. Dr. Lillback received a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B. A. from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is the author of The Binding of God: Calvin's Role in the Development of Covenant Theology, Freedom's Holy Light--With a Firm Reliance on Divine Providence, and Proclaim Liberty: A Broken Bell Rings Freedom to the World.
Jerry Newcombe, Dr. Lillback's collaborator, is the co-author of several best-selling books, including What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? and What If the Bible Had Never Been Written?. He is senior producer of the nationally syndicated television program The Coral Ridge Hour and has produced or co-produced more than thirty documentaries, one of which won a silver medal at the International New York Film and Television Festival. Mr. Newcombe has a B.A. in history from Tulane University and an M.A. in communications from Wheaton graduate school.
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