From Tyndale to Madison: How the Death of an English Martyr Led to the American Bill of Rights
From Tyndale to Madison is a sweeping literary work passionately tracing the epic history of religious liberty across three centuries, from the turbulent waning days of medieval Europe to colonial America and the birth pangs of a new nation. With literally a cast of thousands, the tapestry of world history is on display here. From the remarkable translation work of William Tyndale to the court intrigues of Henry VIII and Thomas More, the battle for the English Bible culminates in the venerable King James Version. Also detailed is the spread of the Reformation through the eyes of Martin Luther, John Knox, and John Calvin--in their own, often surprising words.
Readers witness the anguish of religious dissenters under the oppressive reign of Bloody Mary and the first sparks of liberty with the rise of Oliver Cromwell and the English Commonwealth. A little more than one hundred years later, across the sea, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson fight to establish a bill of rights that will guarantee every American citizen the "free exercise" of their religion. Without sugarcoating either side of the story, author Michael Farris, an exemplary twenty-first-century statesman and constitutional lawyer who regularly defends religious freedom on Capitol Hill, shares eye-opening historical details regarding the sacrifices people made then to secure the inalienable rights we enjoy today.
"We must tell the story of the Christian persecutors, so that we can put to the test the claim that people who cared little about faith and religion were the heroes of liberty. The true heroes are not to be found among the salons of the Enlightenment philosophes, but in the cells in King's Bench Prison and tied to the stake at Smithfield."
This is their story.
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Very well researched, very good read.User Review - Tom Thumb - Christianbook.com
Mr. Farris has done excellent research looking at heroes of the Christian faith. He definitely educates his readers on the major events that brought about our modern concept of religious liberty. The book was so good, I read it twice. Read full review
From Tyndale to Madison: how the death of an English martyr led to the American Bill of RightsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Questions regarding the genesis of religious liberty and freedom of conscience in the United States have been central in our society. Farris (chancellor, Patrick Henry Coll.; chair & general counsel ... Read full review
From Out of the Short Fire Chapter 1 Scripture for Ploughboys Chapter 2 The King the Pope and the Word
War of the Words
The Bible and the Boy King
Marys Five Years of Terror
Debating Freedom inside the Kings Bench Prison
Defending a Doctrine Killing a Man
At the Icy Blast of the Trumpet
An Irrepressible Yearning
Enclosed Gardens of God
A New Light in Hanover
Be Ye Separate
Very Early and Strong Impressions
Free Exercise of Religion
The Rising Sun of Liberty
The Very Wisest Fool in Christendom
The Bravest Voices of Liberty
The English Rehoboam
The Lord Hath Now Some Controversy with England
Called Hither to Save a Nation
Explicit Faith and Spiritual Swords
A Foundation of Paradoxes