Washington”s Faith

Trinty Fest is just next week, and we are gearing up. In this event, the “major party” aspect exists in creative tension with the “history lectures” component. The talks this year will be addressing what secularism has done to the U.S. Constitution. Under the rallying cry that the Constitution is a “living document,” the secularists make it say whatever they want it to mean. Living document means stretchy document, but here is the catch. It only stretches to the left. If one of us were to claim that the Second Amendment allows us to keep and bear rocket launchers, we would be told, in no uncertain terms, that it does nothing of the kind. To which we should reply that, ahem, the Constitution is a living document. But they would reply that it never stretches in that direction, only in the direction of living wages, afforable housing, and free chocolate milk for everybody. But I digress.

The speakers for the history talks are Steve Wilkins, me, and Peter Lillback, who is the president of Westminster Seminary East. I bring this up here because Dr. Lillback is the author of the just-released Sacred Fire, a study of the Christian faith of George Washington. This book promises, pound for pound, to be a real feast for those tired of the myth that the Founders were card-carrying members of the People for the American Way. Dr. Lillback has done major work in the primary sources (about two hundred pages of footnotes, in what looks like a four-point font) The book will be available here at Trinity Fest, but if you are not going to be able to celebrate with us, you can find the book here.

Bury the myth of Washington’s alleged Deism forever. He was a low-church Anglican evangelical, and a postmillennialist to boot.

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