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Why did terror strike America?

Posted By The Foundation for American Christian Education, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

 

Thirteen years ago on this day, Americans watched in horror as two buildings exploded into flames, the result of a terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York City’s financial district. Then, in unbelief, we witnessed an attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and mourned the crash of Flight 93 as brave individuals stormed the plane’s cockpit to prevent the destruction of more lives.

Terror struck the heart of our nation and the openness, trust and many liberties, as we knew them, crumbled before our eyes just as the Towers. America would never be the same.

Even today, many Americans question how such attacks could have been executed so swiftly in the heart of some of our largest cities. How could such evil penetrate the veil of protection our nation has so long enjoyed?

What is the answer?
The answer to these questions is very simple. The loss of our Biblical character and understanding of our Christian form of government and law has weakened America from the inside out.

From America’s Christian history we learn:

In order to protect our nation and our liberties, we must restore our national character. From the moment of the founding of the first colony on America’s shores, many battles have been fought, blood shed and lives given to obtain and protect liberty.

However, the real war is a war of philosophies—worldviews—raging continually in the minds and hearts of men, many whom would be patriots but for the loss of principles.

Liberty, like conscience, is both internal and external, the external expression fully dependent upon the internal principle.*

Remember with humble gratitude
Today, as we remember the tragic events of 9/11, let us honor those who lost their lives by acknowledging with humble gratitude God’s blessing and goodness on our nation. Let us work to return to the Biblical and republican form of government that our Constitution guarantees. Only then will we be safe and free.

*From The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self-Government, compiled by Verna Hall.

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Our Nation's Defining Moment

Posted By The Foundation for American Christian Education, Thursday, August 14, 2014

The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth…The education of youth [is] an employment of more consequence than making laws and preaching the gospel, because it lays the foundation on which both law and gospel rest for success.

Noah Webster

 

A Mission Discovered

Noah Webster is known as the Father of American Education. He was born in West Harford, Connecticut on October 16, 1758, a descendent of Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor William Bradford.This Pilgrim heritage provided him with the ingredients of Christian self-government, sense of responsibility and work habits that would serve him well throughout a long and active life.

 

After graduating from Yale College, the youthful Noah Webster began his public life as a lawyer, supplementing his law practice with teaching. He recognized early on that the citizens of the newly established United States must be educated with American ideas, and that the arts and literature of the new republic must reflect a distinctly Christian character in order to secure its constitutional liberty.

 

Over the next 60 years, by dint of his own unflagging industry, he produced a repository of school texts unequalled for consistency in teaching the precepts of American spelling, pronunciation and grammar, and American history, civics, geography and literature. Throughout the innumerable revisions and re-publications, the theme of American Christian morality and patriotism never wavered.

 

A Nation Changed

The publication of Noah Webster’s Speller in 1783 was followed by a Grammar in 1784, and a Reader in 1785. Webster’s American Spelling Book, the famous “blue-backed speller,” set a publishing record maybe unequalled by any textbook in America. In print for an entire century, more than 100 million copies were sold. The “blue-backed speller” made its way into log cabins in the wilderness, travelled on flatboats down the Ohio, and creaked across the prairies of the West. It was the standard of virtually every young American’s education, consistently teaching the “principles of a republican form of government [that] had their origin in the Scriptures” and embodied “a love of virtue, patriotism and religion,” so that all Americans would be furnished with the foundation for liberty and a way of life that could bring the most happiness and success.

 

Wherever an individual wished to quench his thirst for knowledge, there along with the Bible and Shakespeare, were Noah Webster’s slim volumes. It might be said that Noah’s books were an “ark” in which the American Christian spirit rode the deluge of rising anti-Christian and anti-republican waters, which so often threatened to inundate the nation.

 

A Legacy Defined

Today, as American Christians and patriots, we can look to the example of Noah Webster’s life for inspiration. The 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language is still the standard for Biblical scholarship and word definitions. His legacy is his own life and effort demonstrating the power and influence of one individual that is consciously and consistently dedicated to Christ and country.

Click here learn more about Webster's 1828 Dictionary.

 

Adapted from “Noah Webster Founding Father of American Scholarship and Education,” by Rosalie J. Slater, preface to the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.

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