George Washington's Sacred Fire

George Washington's Sacred Fire

by Peter A. Lillback, Jerry Newcombe

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ISBN-13: 9780984765423
Publisher: Providence Forum Press
Publication date: 07/24/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 12000
Sales rank: 537,637
File size: 6 MB

About 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).
 

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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George Washington's Sacred Fire 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TampaTribune More than 1 year ago
Excellent book setting historical records straight with an exhaustive bibliography supporting the written facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring and powerful read! Every patriotic American should have a copy of this book!
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RussBingaman on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Over the years I have read many biographies of George Washington but I guess what sets this book apart from the others is the author¿s research into George Washington¿s religious views, personal history, and his personal writings. The author leaves no doubt that Washington was not only a god fearing Christian man but the only man worthy to lead a young nation out of the grips of the British Empire. It¿s my opinion that this book should surely be a must read for anyone who wants to learn about one of the finest president¿s this nation has ever had and the period in which George Washington lived during the Revolutionary War.
sitnknitn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am so happy to have read this book. I never thought I knew enough about our founders, so I decided to go with the Father of Our Country. So much has been written about him that has little to do with the person he was according to his own words. This book deals primarily with his Christianity, but flows much into his history as a military leader and founder. There is some repetition to plow through; it is a 700+ page book without the appendices and end notes. But I felt the book well worth my effort to get to know the man behind the myths and the altered histories.
MichaelDeavers on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have read several biographies of George Washington but I guess what sets this book apart from the others is the author¿s research into George Washington¿s religious views, personal history, and his personal writings. The author leaves no doubt that Washington was not only a god fearing Christian man but the only man worthy to lead a young nation out of the grips of the British Empire. It¿s my opinion that this book should surely be a must read for anyone who wants to learn about one of the finest president¿s this nation has ever had and the period in which George Washington lived during the Revolutionary War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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