Wednesday, July 06, 2005


History for Mommies

…daddies, and other true Americans.

Twenty-five days to One Nation Under God...Countdown to the release of Coral Ridge Ministries’ new DVD, I will be trying to post mini history lessons which I have learned in our home school, from Dr. Kennedy, or because of my husband’s natural love of history.

Creator-Redeemer distinction: “A theological distinction differentiating the role of God as (1) the Lord and governor of all the universe (creator), and (2) the Lord and Savior of individual souls (redeemer). According to classic Christian teaching, the government must ensure that the people honor God as creator [civility] but must not legislate how the people respond to God as redeemer.” ~Gary Amos and Richard Gardiner; Never Before in History
Some may recognize this as freedom of conscience.

The Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther and John Calvin were in agreement on this separation between the Kingdom of Christ dealing with people’s minds and hearts (beliefs), and civil government, covering people’s physical well being (safety) and their outward conduct toward others. Oliver Cromwell came pretty close to enforcing this type of religious liberty in England. The United States wrote the first constitution to entirely embrace the Creator-Redeemer Distinction. The thirteen colonies became the United States of America, the first government in history to declare freedom OF religion. State-wise, nine of the thirteen had a state religion.

“The American Revolution might thus be said to have started, in a sense, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg…The leaders of the Revolution in every colony were imbued with the precepts of the Reformed faith.” ~Page Smith; Religious Origins of the American Revolution

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…

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