"A CLASSIC REVISITED." This faith-and-freedom classic, written by John Whitehead, helped inspire untold numbers of individuals to dedicate their lives to fighting for religious freedom. If there is still an entity known as "the Christian church" by the end of this century, operating with any semblance of liberty within our society here in the United States, it will probably have John Whitehead and his book to thank.
Francis SchaefferThe great strength of this book is the forcefulness of the author’s arguments. The reader will have little difficulty discovering precisely who is responsible for the current legal wasteland…Wayne Stayskal’s editorial cartoons, interspersed throughout, add pungency to an already lively text.
Fundamentalist JournalWhitehead, through diligent research, argues that the United States was founded on principles drawn from the Christian faith, and that without these principles, the governmental system makes no sense. He does not say that the government was ever intended to be a theocracy or that the founding fathers were all practicing Christians themselves.
Pastors, laymen, concerned Christian leaders throughout America are beginning to realize that secular humanists have declared a war on Christianity in this country--and are making great strides toward victory. If this is indeed true, what has happened to the United States? How did we move from a country that was founded "under God" to a nation that has lost its religious heritage? And how did we move from a federalist government where the Supreme Court was to interpret the Constitution to a country where the Supreme Court has begun to make law? We as Christians share a major responsibility for what has happened, since a significant factor has been the dwindling influence of Christianity, which has allowed humanistic thought to rise and dominate. The pronounced effect this has had on our world is illustrated by the evident moral decadence of the West. British theologian H.G. Wood candidly notes in "Christianity and Civilization": "Somehow the whole bottom has fallen out of our civilization, and a change come over the world, which if unchecked will transform it for generations. It is the death, or deathlike swoon, of Christianity." "Only by terrific moral recovery are we going to keep the world from becoming a dark age," the Quaker philosopher Elton Trueblood remarked in an interview in the Los Angeles Times in 1978. Likewise, Harvard law professor Harold Berman is concerned that the "whole culture seems to be facing the possibility of a kind of nervous breakdown." A key to understanding the declining influence of Christianity is to recognize that a shift has occurred in the way our thoughts move. Instead of Christian ideas being expressed in the general culture, a secular pagan ideology now dominates the various cultural and professional outlets: literature, education, law, the media. Harvard law professor Harold Berman describes the signs of this disease: One major symptom of this threatened breakdown is the massive loss in the confidence in law--not only on the part of the law consumers but also on the part of lawmakers and distributors. Too often the word law is understood only in the context of civil and criminal conduct. However, law, like religion, is a fundamental reality, which is related to the entire structure of a society. Law, in essence, is a basic social phenomenon, which holds society together.