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America’s Future: Glory or Profound Obscurity

   The other day I plucked a volume from my collection of older titles, Getting Acquainted with the Bible, by Martin Hegland, Ph.D., copyright 1936.  The book’s introductory chapter includes quotes supporting the thesis that understanding scripture is “an intriguing prospect,” and range from Henry Ward Beecher’s insistence that, “Religion is but the expression of man’s deepest and noblest nature,” to John Quincy Adams’ assertion, “The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.” 

Dr. Hegland’s comments reminded me that I have long been dismayed by forces in contemporary secular society which strive to re-frame the concept of “freedom of religion” – an energizing principal for our country’s founding fathers – as if the original yearning had been to establish an American culture guaranteeing “freedom from religion.”  Historical documentation shows this to be false, but the movement gathered great momentum in the jadedly “sophisticated,” intellectualized post-World War II era.  That “old time religion” was, as it turned out, no longer “good enough” for many of grampa’s progeny.  (more…)

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