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The Light and the Glory
Did God have a plan for America?
Written by: Peter Marshall & David Manuel.
Published by: Fleming H. Revell, 1977.
Paperback, 384 pages.
Description: "I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the menas." So wrote John Adams to his wife Abigail within a few hours after the passing of the Declaration of Indepennce.
This intriguing book, the authors make a persuasive case that the rays had first begun to pierce the gloom some three hundred years before, when a Genoese visionary whose name literally meant "Christbearer" became convinced that God was calling him to bear the Light of Christ west to undiscovered lands. This is at considerable variance with what American schoolchildren have been taught for generations-that Columbus discovered America by accident, while seeking a trade route to the Indies--and it is but the first in a continuing series of surprising discovering that authors made as they sought the hand of God in early American history.
Does American democracy owe its inception to the handful of Pilgrims that settled at Plymouth? Were the Puritans the blue-nosed sin-obsessed hypocrites that modern writers depict them? Did they actually believe that they were a new Chosen People, called by God to establish a New Testament Israel on America?
And what of the American Revolution--was it God's will for Christians in the Colonies to take up arms against their mother country? Or was this a most flagrant example of rebellion against God-ordained authority as John Wesley and the other English clergymen maintained? Did the Lord intervene on behalf of the heavily outnumbered and out-gunned Continental Army, and was its general a born-again Christian--or a Deist, as many would later claim?