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An enlightening, engaging and long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith.

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George Washington, the uniquely venerated Founding Father of our nation, valiant warrior of the American Revolution, and devoted family man has been the subject of countless writings by scholars and storytellers alike. What sets George Washington's Sacred Fire apart from all previous literary works on this man ...

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Overview

An enlightening, engaging and long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith.

-Rodney Stark, Baylor University

George Washington, the uniquely venerated Founding Father of our nation, valiant warrior of the American Revolution, and devoted family man has been the subject of countless writings by scholars and storytellers alike. What sets George Washington's Sacred Fire apart from all previous literary works on this man for the ages, is the exhaustive fifteen years of Dr. Peter Lillback's research, revealing a world icon driven by the highest of ideals, not the least of which was his genuine Christian faith.

Dr. Lillback paints a picture of a man, who, faced with unprecedented challenges and circumstances, ultimately drew upon his persistent qualities of character - honesty, justice, equity, perseverance, piety, forgiveness, humility, and servant leadership, to become one of the most revered figures in world history.

A vast number of books on George Washington are characterized by anecdotal recountings and factually unsubstantiated conclusions that, up to now, few have strived to correct. However, George Washington's own writings, journals, letters, manuscripts, and those of his closest family and confidants reveal the truth of this awe-inspiring role model for all generations.

George Washington set the cornerstone for what would become one of the most prosperous, free nations in the history of civilization. "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports," he said in his farewell address. Through this book, Dr. Lillback, assisted by Jerry Newcombe, reveals to the reader a highly inspirational image of General and President George Washington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978605261
  • Publisher: Providence Forum Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 1208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER A. LILLBACK, PH.D., is the president of The Providence Forum, senior pastor at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and president of Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Historical Theology. He is the voice of Proclaiming The Word, a daily syndicated radio program, as well as The Proclamation Worship Hour. Dr. Lillback received a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is the author of several titles including the bestselling George Washington s Sacred Fire (Providence Forum Press), and The Binding of God: Calvin’s Role in the Development of Covenant Theology (Baker).
 

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     13
Foreword     17
Introduction     21
The Controversy
Introduction: The Controversy     25
Deism Defined: Shades of Meaning, Shading the Truth     37
Did Washington Avoid the Name of Jesus Christ?: Addressing a Fundamental Argument     51
The Historical Background of George Washington
Washington's Virginia and The Anglican Mission to the Indians     63
George Washington's Virginian Ancestors     83
The Life of George Washington
The Childhood of George Washington     95
The Christian Education of George Washington     111
The Personality of George Washington     135
George Washington the Soldier     157
George Washington on Character and Honor     191
The Sacred Fire of Liberty: Was George Washington a Godly Leader?     207
George Washington's Family Life     233
George Washington the Churchman
George Washington: The Parishioner     259
George Washington: The Vestryman     271
George Washington: The Low Churchman     287
George Washington and the Bible     305
The Spirituality of George Washington     335
George Washington and Prayer     351
Valley Forge: The Crucible ofWashington's "Sacred Cause"     377
The Debate over George Washington and Communion
George Washington and Communion: Did Washington Take Communion?     405
Shadow or Substance?: Putting Professor Boller's Evidence for Washington's Deism on Trial     437
The Struggle for the Episcopal Church: Washington's Non-Communication and Non-Communion in Philadelphia     449
George Washington the Deist?
George Washington and The Enlightenment     469
George Washington and Religious Liberty: A Christian or Deist Idea?     485
George Washington, Member of the Masonic Order     501
More Objections to Washington the Christian: Slaves, Slander, Passion, and Tripoli     511
"Minds of Peculiar Structure:" George Washington Vs. Deism     531
George Washington the Christian
George Washington's God: Religion, Reason, and Philosophy     555
Washington and the Doctrine of Providence     573
George Washington's Christian Worldview     589
The Gospel According to George Washington     611
George Washington and Forgiveness: A Consideration of the Historicity of Two Classic Washington Anecdotes on Forgiveness     627
George Washington's Clergy and Their Sermons     639
George Washington on Heaven and Eternal Life     663
The Revenge of Parson Weems: Washington's Unparalleled Praise for an Unexpected Person     691
Conclusion
Conclusion: George Washington's Sacred Fire     711
Appendices
The Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversion     729
Representative Biblical Quotations and Allusions Used by George Washington     739
George Washington's Written Prayers     761
George Washington's "Daily Sacrifice Prayers" or "The Spurious Prayers"     801
A Summary of Washington's Most Important Sermons     815
Abiel Leonard's Prayer     831
Sermon by the Reverend Bryan Lord Fairfax     835
The Wisdom of George Washington     845
George Washington and the Anglican Theology of Latitudinarianism     907
Tributes to Washington by his Contemporaries: His Christian Faith, Striking Appearance, and Moral Character     919
Endnotes     959
Bibliography     1159
Index     1171
About the Authors     1185
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

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    For those who want to know the truth about George Washington and learn of his true character, this is the book

    A friend suggested this book. At first the size of the book intimidated me, but once I began it became a page turner all of the way through. Lillback does an excellent job of providing opposing view points and then backs up his point of view with documents from George Washington or Washington's peers. A forth of the book is appendix and footnotes that support the material presented. This book could easily be a text book, Bible study book, or all around reference book.

    37 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    Excellent

    Excellent book setting historical records straight with an exhaustive bibliography supporting the written facts.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    The book is a waste

    I am a retired attorney, JD and PH.D in History who teaches colonial, revolutionary and legal history. Peter Lillback scholarship award astounds me. Having been responsible for student research work and the detailed efforts of an attorney, research and precision are not foreign to me. Lillbacks' rational for producing a highly subjective work arises from his concern that educators are not teaching history according to his interpretation.

    This work lacks any sign of objectivity; the author is clear about his intentions to prove a thesis, despite evidence to the contrary. His writing style distorts the meanings of numerous quotes, which he alleges support his beliefs. Should this happen once, or occasionally, he may be forgiven. Sadly, this conduct is consistent. For example, he attacks Paul Bolls's Washington and Religion and Marvin Kitman's The Making Of The Presidency, 1789 by negating their academic research. He avers Boll's interpretation was the standard and accepted view of the past as justification for a lack of appreciation of his views.

    Lillback rationalizes his convictions by using words like "suggests" and offers examples not supportive of his views. He also deviates from his arguments by references to materials not relevant to his arguments, but believes support his views.

    He uses isolated passages from the writings of Washington, Paine, Franklin, among others, challenging their Deist views while advocating tenets of his Christian beliefs. Throughout the work, where one finds references to good deeds and morals,etc. he assumes the founders' references were to Christianity.

    Personally, I wish I had not wasted the money, but being interested in the aforementioned, the book could have held promise for my students and me. My recommendation: save your money.

    Dr. Art

    5 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Very inspiring and powerful read! Every patriotic American should have a copy of this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2010

    Misdirection

    This should have been called "Was Washington a Christain?" So much for history! While the nation was fortunate to have this great man at an appropriate time, I wonder if he might have "rebelled" against an obvious push by the religious right to dominate this country and it's history. This work is a brick in that wall. As a Washington/Hamilton conservative, I find this unacceptable in the "history" category. Religion would have been more appropriate, under "How to be an honorable man."

    3 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Contrary to popular belief, Washington was not a deist. You don'

    Contrary to popular belief, Washington was not a deist. You don't have to be an educated man to know that. You just have to be unbiased and accept that this country was founded on Christian principles. This book settles that argument. It needs to be over 700 pages so that we get the point, Washington was not a deist. 

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