Recommended Readings

In this provocative study, David W. Hall argues that the American founders were more greatly influenced by Calvinism than contemporary scholars, and perhaps even the founders themselves, have understood. Calvinism's insistence on human rulers' tendency to err played a significant role in the founders' prescription of limited government and fed the distinctly American philosophy in which political freedom for citizens is held as the highest value. Hall's timely work countervails many scholars' doubt in the intellectual efficacy of religion by showing that religious teachings have led to such progressive ideals as American democracy and freedom.


The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World: The Influence of Calvin on Five Governments from the 16th Through 18th Centuries~ is a thoughtful challenge to conventional Enlightenment historiography. Kelly's book illustrates the influential Protestants roots of ordered liberty in the Western world, particularly in the United States today. The forgotten founding father of America was really John Calvin. Douglas Kelly illustrates how Calvin and Knox inspired the Protestant doctrine of interposition by the lesser magistrates and public officers against the usurpations of absolutists and despots in the higher echelons of power, and on behalf of the people. Some manner of institutionalized corporate resistance is vitally requisite to preserve any free constitution.

Douglas Kelly is not alone in his thesis. Also, respected historian Bernard Bailyn accounts for this covenantal influence in American political thought in his acclaimed book 'The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.' Bailyn illustrates the multi-faceted intellectual antecedents animating the American Cause of 1776, which includes the rich covenantal influence that saturated the American colonies. The American War for Independence was derided by its Tory detractors as a Presbyterian Parson's Rebellion and perhaps for good reason. The animating force behind the ideas fueling the colonial resistance was the ideas of John Calvin more so than John Locke. The American colonial charters preceded the birth of Enlightenment thinkers John Locke, John-Jacques Rousseau and Montesquieu by more than a century. It was an appeal to the customs and conventions of those charters, and their preservation, that compelled the colonial resistance led by James Otis and Samuel Adams to denounce the Tory oppression as unconstitutional.


By virtue of being King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ's reign over man and government is universal and total. "He removeth kings, and setteth up kings" (Dan. 2:21) and "increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them" (Job 12:23) because the government is on His shoulders: He is the governor among the nations (Isa. 9:7, Ps. 22:28). The need today is for the church to press the crown-rights of Christ the King, confident that His government over all will increase without end: "the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this." This powerful volume sets forth a Biblical theology of the state, tracing in detail the history and consequences of both statist domination and Christian dereliction of duty. By firmly establishing the Biblical alternative to modern Christianity's polytheism, the author alerts us to the pitfalls of the past, and provides Godly counsel for both the present and future. The crystallization of decades of research, Christianity and the State is a landmark volume of 20th century Christendom.


Statism: The Shadow of Another Night is an anthology on the subject of statism, with a special emphasis on early indicators and movements. Many aspects of statism, and even the word "statism" itself are clearly unknown to the public; so a book warning about these dangers that are faced "when the government is seen as ultimate reality" (R.C. Sproul) is urgently needed. The cover (the memorial at Dachau concentration camp), depicting the "final solution" of a statist government gone completely mad, is deliberately ominous and serious as this subject should be. The winds of war can be halted, but only when law-abiding citizens, who understand what is at stake, are willing to engage the enemy and teach others to do the same. Article contributions and documents from: Peter Lillback, C.S. Lewis, R.C. Sproul, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, Tim Keller, John Frame, Francis Schaeffer, Michael Milton, Richard Hannula, Nell Chinchen, D. James Kennedy, Douglas Kelly, Jerry Newcombe, Mostyn Roberts, George Grant