Accomplished historian, broadcast producer, and author Dr. Jerry Newcombe demonstrates the unmatched contributions of our Christian heritage to American liberty and prosperity. Likewise, Dr. Newcombe candidly and sensitively treats the very real issues of slavery and treatment of the American Indian. With its extensive documentation, The Book that Made America will soon become the standard bulwark defense of the much-maligned but thoroughly true contention that America and its blessings result directly from the centrality of the Bible in our history.
Praise for The Book that Made America
Recently President Barak Obama, while on a trip abroad and without giving the matter sufficient thought, casually declared that the United States is not a Christian nation. If the President had been a little more analytical, and especially if he’d read the remarkable new book you now hold in your hands, in all probability he would never have made such a statement. For page after page, from the beginning to the end, The Book that Made America, by the gifted and scholarly Dr. Jerry Newcombe, tells us America was born a Christian nation and has been one ever since.
This book begins by exploring America’s Christian roots with the Bible as the country’s basic textbook, the Bible’s law and covenant illustrated in the lives of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact, becoming our guide to individual self-government, structured constitutionalism, and a free market. If you turn all the way back to this book’s Appendix, what do you discover? The United States Supreme Court made it official: America is a Christian nation!
No matter what books you now own about our Christian history, I encourage you to get this one! – for an adult Sunday School or Teen Sunday School, for your pastor, or simply for your own edification. Become a more knowledgeable Christian citizen! After you learn about the significance of the Pilgrims, come visit their home in Plymouth.
Charles Hull Wolfe, President, Plymouth Rock Foundation
Say that America is a Christian nation and you’ll be brought up on hate crime charges – or at least thought an ignoramus. But what are the facts of history? The Book that Made America demonstrates that there once was a Book even more integral to this nation than Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance. I recommend Dr. Newcombe’s book highly!
Ann Coulter, New York Times #1 Author
The Book that Made America is a most welcome addition to the growing literature that documents the foundational and pivotal role that the Bible played in the founding of our nation and the forming of our government. Dr. Jerry Newcombe combines accurate scholarship and careful analysis with engaging writing. This arsenal of historic wisdom from our Judeo-Christian heritage should be in your library. If you have funds to buy only one book on this topic, this is the one!
Peter A. Lillback, Ph.D. Prof. of Historical Theology, Pres., Westminster Theological Seminary; Pres., The Providence Forum; Sr. Pastor, Proclamation Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mywr, PA
Historical revisionism is alive and well in our nation’s classrooms and in the media. So what has been the Bible’s role in American history? It certainly had a profound impact on the founding of this country as well as in the framing of the government. And where did we go astray as a nation? How can we return to our Biblical roots? Jerry Newcombe answers these and many other questions in The Book that Made America. Read this book to learn the history our nation has forgotten.
Kerby Anderson, National Director, Probe Ministries International; Host of Point of View, USA Radio Network, and author of many books and articles
Jerry Newcombe has created a masterpiece of apologetics that skillfully portrays the power of Scripture in the transformation of the American wilderness into the world’s first Christian constitutional republic. His writing is profound and well documented, yet easy to read. This great book will become a timeless educational resource that catapults the centrality of Christ and His Word back to the heart of our civilization where it belongs.
Marshall Foster, D.D., Founder and Pres., The Mayflower Institute and World History Institute; Speaker; Coauthor of The American Covenant: The Untold Story, Thousand Oaks, CA
In The Book that Made America, Jerry Newcombe quickly cuts through the fog of agenda-driven rhetoric to give a brilliant and unbiased examination of what made America unique among the nations of the world. Jerry’s commanding knowledge of history provides clear and undeniable evidence that the Bible was a key formative influence in America’s culture, economy, and form of government.
William J. Federer, Best-selling author and speaker; nationally known radio host on AmericanMinute.com, Pres., Amerisearch, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
Jerry Newcombe has furnished Christian believers with a major weapon for the moral and spiritual civil war we are waging for the soul of America. He carefully provides us in a readable and engaging way with quotable evidence of the Christian roots of our nation. This book should be in the home of every American patriot.
Peter J. Marshall, Evangelist, speaker, and co-author of best-selling books, including The Light and the Glory, Cape Cod, MA
Jerry Newcombe does an excellent job in documenting and telling the story that almost all Americans used to know: that is, without the Bible there would be no America as we know it. The Bible was the central most important influence in the birth, growth, and development of this nation. The principles in that book produced the most free, prosperous, just, and virtuous nation in history. As we have forgotten this truth, we have gradually lost our liberties. To preserve this great nation, Americans must know the ideas in The Book that Made America.
Stephen McDowell, President, Providence Foundation and Biblical Worldview University, Charlottesville, VA
With the skill of a journalist experienced at interviewing others, Jerry Newcombe reveals the one book that built America. He digs deep into the documents, individuals, and spirit of America and lets the evidence speak for itself. Understanding the development of ideas from the Reformation through the planting of America, as well as admitting the faults that had to be repaired, Jerry has done a service for Americans by bringing the Bible back into historical focus at a time when it is most needed.
Paul Jehle, M.Div., Ed.D. Executive Director, The Plymouth Rock Foundation; Senior Pastor, The New Testament Church and School, Plymouth, MA
This Old Schoolhouse Magazine Review:
Have you ever found yourself trying to defend the Christian heritage of our nation but not being able come up with the facts to support your convictions? Do your children understand that America is the greatest superpower in the world because she has historically taken the stance of being one nation under God? What will become of America if we continue to remove God from our country’s future? These questions are answered within the 277 pages of The Book that Made America by Jerry Newcombe.
Newcombe’s work is divided into four parts. Part One focuses on the unique role the Bible played in creating America, highlights what the Bible has to say about government, and also contains a fifty-question quiz to test your knowledge of our nation’s Christian heritage. A twenty-page section gives detailed answers to each of the questions in the quiz. This quiz with answers would be a phenomenal resource in its own right. If you discussed just one question each day, I am confident that your child would have a greater knowledge of our country’s Christian heritage than most adults have.
Part Two explores the relationship between the Bible and the settling of America, the Bible and education, and the Bible and the documents that were the forerunners to the Constitution. Having already taught our children about the settling of America, the colonists, the Puritans, and the Mayflower Compact, I certainly wish in hindsight that I had had The Book that Made America as a supplemental resource. We all know that the Puritans came to America to escape the religious tyranny of the Church of England. However, I was unaware that as “Jamestown was settled, it was to be called Jamestown – a place where England was advanced. However, they didn’t put up a picture of the King. They put up an emblem of the King of Kings, the cross of Jesus Christ. That cross is a symbol of the Christian faith, and they were recognizing they were advancing the cause of the gospel when they arrived in the New World.” This is just one of many facts that show the settlers’ true intent to create a Christian nation.
Part Three of Newcomb’s work highlights the Bible’s impact on the lives of our Founding Fathers. Facts about our Founding Fathers abound in almost any history textbook. However, Newcombe includes biographical sketches and quotations from these great men that truly show their intent in creating a Christian nation. I must commend the author’s thoroughness. Not only does he address the great ways that our Founding Fathers sought to uplift God in the establishment of our nation, but he unabashedly deals with their shortcomings. Libertarians have repeatedly thrown up the fact that Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner. They smile with a sense of having blown a “hole” in the Christian foundation of our nation. Newcombe closes Part Three by addressing this huge issue of slavery and other shortcomings of the Founding Fathers. He makes no excuse for them aside from the fact that, like you and I, the Founding Fathers were all sinners saved by grace. These men were incredible for the things that they did accomplish, but we must not put them on such a pedestal as being equal with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The final section of the book discusses the Bible and the current American experience. Newcombe asks, “Where did we go wrong?” When did America betray her roots and start removing God from modern life, and what will be the result? Can America continue to thrive as a superpower without a renewed commitment to the God that has so richly blessed us? Mr. Newcombe is very honest and, in our family’s opinion, Biblically accurate in stating that there are no guarantees that God will see fit to allow America to continue to exist into the future. We are in an emergency situation. The plea of this final chapter of the text is for us to fall on our knees before God and to pray for a regeneration of the hearts and souls of the people of our nation.
Just as a fish in a fishbowl in your child’s room may sense that there is more out there but never truly understand what an ocean or lake is, our children will never truly comprehend what it means to be One Nation Under God based solely on their experience of what America is today. The Book that Made America shows them the ocean. This $18.95 investment will reap abundant rewards if it helps to ignite a fire within us as we consider what a magnificent Christian nation America was intended to be.
Dawn Oaks, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2009
The Randleman Review
“America is a Christian nation…”
Thus declared the United States Supreme Court in Church of the Holy Trinity vs. the United States.
Jerry Newcombe has clearly and concisely laid out significant evidence that the founding fathers were predominantly Christian in their worldview. In The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation, Newcombe presents a case for Christianity as the foundation for this great Republic.
America’s founding fathers were men of faith. Specifically, they were men of the Christian faith; and not deists, or secularists, as revisionist historians would have us believe. And yet, most Americans do not know the rich spiritual heritage of our nation, to their great loss.
Since leaving our Christian heritage, America has fallen into a deplorable state of godlessness; and this can be traced directly to the decisions by our leaders in the past century to leave God out of our lives. In order for America to continue to be a great nation, and a great tool to be used by God in reaching the rest of the world, we need to return to those spiritual roots, to the foundations of our nation, built upon God’s sacred Word, and restore the spiritual legacy our forefathers intended for generations to come.
In The Book that Made America, Jerry Newcombe shows conclusive proof that America’s Christian heritage was rich and can be extremely well-documented in the early writings of our nation’s earliest leaders. Newcombe states that “America’s best governing principles come from the Bible directly or indirectly, including the Biblical notion of covenant which gave rise to our Constitution.”
Christianity underpins the very fabric of our nation. George Washington stated that “without a humble imitation of Christ, we could never hope to be a happy nation.”
Calvin Coolidge, our thirtieth president, remarked, “If American democracy is to remain the greatest hope of humanity, it must continue abundantly in the faith of the Bible.”
Newcombe lays out the evidence for the Bible’s pivotal role in American history very well. With separate, yet overlapping, sections about how the Bible was influential in not only the settling of America, as well as in the founding of our nation, The Book that Made America cites document after document showing just how important the Scriptures were to the men and women who came, and built, and settled, and established our great nation.
One very interesting section of the book is in Part One: The Book that Made America. Jerry Newcombe provides a fifty-question quiz about America’s Christian heritage. He provides the quiz first, and then explains in detail the answers to each question. I am an avid student of American history, and I found several areas where my thinking has been influenced by the revisionism prevalent in our culture today.
Newcombe wraps up The Book that Made America with a section dealing with the idea, “Where did we go wrong?” Can we go back to the ideals set by our forefathers? Newcombe suggests that we can, but not without much effort and pain. We have a lot of backtracking to do to get back to the path laid out by the great men and women who founded this nation.
Newcombe has done a great job laying out the facts about how the Bible was a critical part of the formation of the United States. This book took a colossal amount of research, as evidenced by his extensive endnotes and sources cited.
The Book that Made America is a crucial book for Christians to read. In order for America to stay the course, Christians need just such a wake up call as this.
I would suggest that this book be added to the library of every serious student of Christianity and America. Don’t wait. Read The Book that Made America now.
Jerry Newcombe takes great pains to disabuse the rest of us of a patently false notion: that America isn’t now and never was a Christian nation. He proves beyond doubt that the United States was conceived along Biblical lines, born in Biblical liberty, and nourished into adolescence on Biblical principles. Only now, some four centuries later, are perceptive Americans seeing the dangers of abandoning their Biblical heritage. Men and women who devoutly believed in the Judeo-Christian God founded America, relied upon Him for guidance and protection, and gave proper thanks to Him for delivering them from their external enemies.
But now, in the early 21st century, there are unmistakable signs that America’s external foes sense an opportunity to bring the United States down to their level—and they have good reason for their optimism. As America has become more secularized, it has collectively forgotten where its liberties came from—not the government, the sole function of which is to secure liberty, but from Almighty God. Only He can grant the right to be free; this simple but profound truth drives Statists up the wall. In the past people who would rather see the State control citizens’ lives—for their own good, of course—kept colliding with the Biblical precepts underscored in the Declaration of Independence.
Now that secular, politicized, state-run schools have had nearly a century to wean Americans away from the Biblical foundations of America so that this country’s Christian heritage has effectively been largely expunged from history, “the fix” as they say “is in.” Only one generation separates America—or any nation, for that matter—from total ruin, and that generation is always the one now in charge. At the highest levels of government, the ones in charge evince no respect for—but rather show either indifference to or outright contempt for—America’s Judeo-Christian foundations.
As Jerry Newcombe proves in The Book that Made America, there’s one text that was not only responsible for birthing and guiding America but also might yet be able to save it in mellow middle age from premature terminal senescence and collapse—no, not The Audacity of Hope—the Bible.
From the text:
We are standing on a threshold. Unless we teach the next generation about our unique heritage, it will be lost in the revisionist mishmash of half-truths and political correctness.
In other words, the reason our Christian heritage matters, ultimately, is the freedom to preach the gospel and to live out the Christian faith. Religious freedom is the lynchpin of all other freedoms. Remove religious freedom, and other liberties will soon be taken away as well.
The link between the Puritans’ constitutionalism and the American Constitution is no minor point. Their governing documents were political versions of their spiritual covenants. And all of these political compacts and constitutions paved the way for the Constitution…. In short, no Bible, no Puritan covenants. No Puritan covenants, no U.S. Constitution. This is a history lesson most of us have never learned. It is a lesson that America by and large has forgotten. The Bible thus played a critical role in the shaping of America by teaching this concept of covenants, which has been enshrined for all time by the Constitution.
This is why the age-old argument from Plato is correct: culture precedes politics. To change the politics, you first have to change the culture. In modern America, we Christians have our work cut out for us, to change the culture. Some Christians may argue that Christ does not call us to change the culture, but just to change lives. That is true in one sense. But it is also true that when Christians authentically live out their faith, it cannot help but impact culture as God intends.
I think it is safe to say that until the early part of the twentieth century, most of the justices that served on the Supreme Court were Christians. Certainly, they acknowledged the Christian heritage of the country. Again, there was not a change for the worse until the twentieth century and the acceptance of evolution, and specifically, the idea that since everything evolves, then law, too, should evolve and is not based on fixed principles. Oliver Wendell Holmes is an American icon to some. But I would put him in the hall of shame for being one of the key change agents in applying evolutionary principles to law.
While modern Christians have often avoided getting their hands dirty with professions like politics, we have assigned politics to the non-believers—and it’s no wonder we are in this current mess.
Anyone who would deny that we are in a culture war does not seem to be very discerning in my opinion. It is possible that America might not last. Nowhere is it decreed that our nation will last forever. Other nations have arisen and failed. We may just continue to implode and become a shell of what we once were. Consider the history of some past civilizations who neglected God.
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?” — Benjamin Franklin, 28 June 1787, at the Constitutional Convention
Religion: Does It Belong in Public Schools?
by Haven Bradford Gow
Should God, religion, morality, and the Bible be restored to this nation’s public schools? The Founding Fathers provide the correct answer.
Samuel Adams, in his statement on “The Rights of the Colonists,” observed:
The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty… the (rights of the Colonists as Christians) may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of the Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.
John Adams said:
Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Historian Jerry Newcombe, in his book The Book that Made America (Nordskog), says Adams’ observation is
typical of the fact that the Founders intended Americans to be moral and that the morality was rooted in religion. Since the majority religion of Americans at the time was Christian by-and-large, the Founders saw an important role for Christianity in society, but always in an unofficial way—not in any way like a state-church.
According to James Wilson there is a God-given natural moral law that has been imbedded in man’s conscience by God himself:
As promulgated by reason and the moral sense it has been called natural; as promulgated by the Holy Scriptures, it has been called revealed law… But it should be remembered, that this law, natural or revealed, …is the law of God… Human law must rest its authority ultimately, upon the authority of that law, which is divine.
In 1779 a group of Indians asked George Washington concerning the best way to educate their children to have good character and good morals; he replied:
You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.
In his Farewell Address President Washington said:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.
There indeed is a legitimate place for the study of religion in the public schools, because religion—for better or for worse—played an important role in the founding of this nation; the Bible can and should be studied and discussed in American history classes because the Bible helped shape the moral, legal, and political philosophies of the Founding Fathers; and the Bible can and should be studied and discussed in literature classes because—apart from theological considerations—the Bible is a great work of literature.
Mr. Gow is a TV and radio commentator and writer who teaches religion to children at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Greenville, MS. He has been honored by the Freedoms Foundation for his writings on religious freedom.
I did not know that in 1983 President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation stating “…in recognition of the contribution of the Bible on our Republic and our people do hereby proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible in the United States. I encourage all citizens, each in his or her own way, to re-examine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message.”
This interesting and highly Christian statement was somehow shuffled away in the teaching of Ronald Reagan that I received in school. Somehow this information is still lost in the public school rooms – forgotten by those old enough to remember it.
I learned so much while reading this book. What a treasure of information! I closed this book more committed to my home school effort with my children. I was also more confident in the curriculum we had chosen to use: McGuffey Primers and the New England Primer (used for recitation and memorization), Rays Arithmetic, and the 1823 Webster’s that uses ample scripture in word definition.
Through this book it is clearly evident the impact public education has in reinforcing a person’s world view (whether biblical or not) and their later life decisions. At one time a biblical worldview was central to education.
This book is rich with information on our Christian roots and heritage. I believe it would benefit everyone to read it. America sadly enough has a rising generation that is blind to the deep, rich Christian heritage that shaped this nation.
This book will help parents to teach their children the Christian roots of American History so they are better equipped in life.
I dare say this is a gem – a Christian home schooler’s dream history resource; and a public school parent’s resource to developing a healthy biblical worldview.