The Key to Sustainable Freedom


Guest post by David Lane

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“Tendencies, which had found no political room to unfold themselves in other lands, wrought here without restraint…. Every theological vagabond and peddler may drive here his bungling trade, without passport or license, and sell his false ware at pleasure. What is to come of such confusion is not now to be seen.” Philip Schaff, The Principle of Protestantism, 1844

The Founders’ Christian worldview dominated early American education and society. They battled where competition was fiercest — education, City Hall, business and politics — laying the foundation of America on the bedrock of Jesus Christ. Righteousness exalts a nation, and individuals alike.

The Founders rejected the Greek model of education, which focused on the mind, content and intellect. They adopted the Hebrew model of education emphasizing character, righteousness and virtue, that which distinguishes a nation and its citizens. The Founders accepted that without a moral component, education is of little value to those with “shoddy moral character, prone to wickedness and simple nastiness, and devoid of good sense and moral compunctions.”

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