“What makes America so special? Why is it that would-be immigrants literally risk their lives to try to get here?” asks author Dr. Jerry Newcombe. In answering his own question, Newcombe looks at America’s founding fathers, and finds much to consider. Even the founders themselves recognized that America was uniquely framed and it was “the first instance” of a nation that had assembled together voluntarily to decide what system of government they would live under. Speaking of this, Daniel Webster noted, “That which has happened but once in 6,000 years cannot be expected to happen often.”
Newcombe, co-host of the television program, Kennedy Classics, says in regard to his book, “If America is to survive as a nation, we need to return to some core principles that our founding fathers promoted. The purpose of this book is to listen to the founders themselves that we may return to American greatness.”
In chapters such as “God Is the Source of Our Rights,” “Religion and Morality are ‘Indispensible Supports,’” and “Limited Government,” Newcombe shows how the founders derived these principles from a biblical understanding of the foundations of law and government. He delves into the historical context of the day and explores the influences that shaped the founders' thinking. The result is an enlightening book, which gives the reader a better grasp of and greater appreciation for the worldview that provided the seedbed for America’s war for independence and framed its new government. This worldview was decidedly Judeo-Christian in its outlook.
Written in a casual, non-academic style, and sprinkled with personal anecdotes, Newcombe’s book is easy to digest and packed with gems of information, which makes it a valuable resource for the student of the America’s founding era, whatever his or her age.