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Discover how the United States Supreme Court has reinterpreted the Constitution, diluting the Biblical foundations upon which it was based. Filled with hundreds of the Founders' quotes revealing their beliefs on the role of religion in public affairs, the proper role of the courts, the intended limited scope of federal powers, and numberous other current issues....

Title : Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion
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ISBN : 9781932225266
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Number of Pages : 534 Pages
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Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion Reviews

  • Lou
    2018-12-16 17:15

    It's been a while since I read Barton's book but here is what I remember.Barton goes to great lengths to prove that the foundations of the government of the United States of American was established by men who wished for this country to be a Christian nation. Indeed, he goes so far as to quote out of context, misinterpret the intent of the founding fathers and early courts and in his attempts to make the founders look like angels, occasionally succeeds in making them look like idiots.Barton clearly is utterly biased and has an agenda which does not include establishing fact but rather, making the world safe for Christianity (as opposed to, Safe for Freedom).My opinion, of course!--Wag--

  • Jeanette
    2019-01-06 01:19

    Ok, this read was difficult and often redundant. My particular section of interest was upon Revisionist History and that was 4 star, IMHO. Astonishing to me was a trip to D.C. in that last decade before the turn of the century- most of it spent just reading/ viewing the engravings. Everywhere there is mention and direction and inspiration centered in Supreme Being. Everything past one hundred years of age or older and not just phrases added within the last 50 or 80 years. They certainly did not hold the same context, connotation or definition of exact abstract terms or specific words as are being used by the current Historians or Politicos now either. Upon return to D.C. - every Museum, each memorial or monument- I am again reminded of this profound dissonance.For some reason they are now teaching "the separation" as if it was held as a freedom FROM religion, when it was never such. Freedom OF religion is conceptually and lawfully quite apart and is entirely different. Altered within construct of application from the original intents and context? One that by connotation is now more often being generally assumed. Wrongly assumed.Others have posted that Barton "makes things up". There is heavy toll of research, reference and original credits material here. If people want change then they must change some absolute powers and rights within the Constitution itself, IMHO. Not redefine up to down and may to must in lawful applications or within corrupt Courts.Hard to read though, and the style was not conducive to nourishing any increased interest in actual fallouts for these assumptions. Much more preaching to the choir than savvy erudite assault using Alinsky's 8 levels of controls as so often purported by the opposing view.

  • Jeff Stockett
    2018-12-26 22:01

    I really enjoyed this book. It was written to show the Original Intent of the founders of our country with regard to religion and the first amendment. This book heavily emphasizes the importance of reading original source documents from the founders themselves as well as the writings that they studied.It begins by outlining the lives and religious beliefs of many of the founders. From there it goes into early court cases and then contrasts the findings of those cases with later cases.It gets into how revisionism has entered into the courts as well as the public mind. Finally, it gets into the importance of individuals being educated and participating in civic duties as voting citizens and government servants.For me, the greatest value of this book was the wealth of quotations from the founders and other prominent individuals. For most of the book, the author serves merely as a narrator to piece together the many quotations. I'll share just a few here, but to really grasp the wisdom of this book you'll need to read it yourself."On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." - Thomas Jefferson p. 28"Such is my veneration for every religion that reveals the attributes of the Deity, or a future state of rewards and punishments, that I had rather see the opinions of Confucius or Moahamed inculcated upon our youth than see them grow up wholly devoid of a system of religious principles. But the religion I mean to recommend in this place is that of the New Testament....All its doctrines and precepts are calculated to promote the happiness of society and the safety and well being of civil government." - Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence p. 37"Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Northwest Ordinance, Article III (an ordinance defining the rules of statehood in 1789. Passed by the same congress that framed the first amendment.) p. 47"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?" - Thomas Jefferson p. 52"Christianity, is and always has been a part of the common law...not Christianity with an established church...but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men." - Supreme Court, Updegraph v. The Commonwealth, 1824 p.58"You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are." - George Washington speaking to Indian Chiefs who wanted their children to be taught in american schools. p. 91"To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian." - George Washington p. 111"If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?" Benjamin Franklin p. 137"With regard to the history contained in the Bible...it is not so much praiseworthy to be acquainted with as it is shameful to be ignorant of it." - John Quincy Adams p. 169"There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the Framers intended to build the 'wall of separation' that was constitutionalized in Everson...But the greatest injury of the 'wall' notion is its mischevious diversion of judges from the actual intentions the drafters of the Bill of Rights ... No amount of repetition of historical errors in judicial opinions can make the errors true. The 'wall of separation between church and State' is a metaphor based on bad history...It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.... Our perception has been clouded not by the Constitution but by the mists of an unnecessary metaphor." - Justice William Rehnquist p. 185"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams p. 188"historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document." - Kenneth Woodward p. 232"Under the old system the question was how to read the Constitution; under the new approach, the question is whether to read the Constitution." - Attorney General Edwin Meese, III p. 247"While the people are virtuous, they cannot be subdued; but when once the lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." - Samuel Adams p. 326"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." - Benjamin Franklin p. 327"I tremble for my country when I reflect that god is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever." - Thomas Jefferson p. 340"If a nation expects to be ignorant - and free - in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." - Thomas Jefferson p. 344"Let us take care of our rights and we therein take care of our prosperity. Slavery is ever preceded by sleep." - John Dickinson p. 353"Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God." - Charles Finney"Remember that where citizen complacency rules, wrong principles and policies will abound; and when it comes to sound government, the enemy is seldom 'them'; it is generally citizen apathy." - David BartonAs you can see, this book is filled with wisdom. And it makes the case very effectively that our Founders intended for us to be a moral and religious nation. And while they didn't want to have any sort of established religion, they certainly never intended the "wall of separation between church and state" as it is modernly interpreted.

  • Jessie Gussman
    2018-12-27 19:14

    I'm a skeptic. There, I admitted it. AND an information junkie. So a book like this--with more primary source quotes than actual writing by Barton--is utopia for me. I'd say the biggest lesson you can take from this book is: read the primary source documents for yourself. Don't depend on someone who has an agenda (and who also happens to be writing a textbook) to tell you the truth. Because they won't. Barton has written an amazingly researched and (over)-documented work on the US Constitution. If you can read this work and still agree with the revisionist take on our founding fathers and our Christian heritage, I'd love to know how you can justify that opinion.

  • Ger
    2019-01-15 00:58

    Oh my goodness! We have been had. The progressives have spent years changing our actual history to one that is fiction. Lies, distortion and fraud have been used in an attempt to discredit the founding fathers and the principles they stood for. The techniques used are outlined in David's book. His rebuttal to the spin was effective. He did his homework. We need to get back to what made this nation strong.

  • Sandy Shin
    2019-01-13 01:20

    Should be classed as fiction, bad fiction at that.Another book I threw away. How can the man actually believe his basic tenets when he finds that he has to rewrite history in order to try to convince others to believe? Double check everything David Barton ever writes (do not waste money actually buying anything he has written) and you will discover many sources of facts you can depend upon and enjoy exploring-so Barton does serve a useful purpose of sorts

  • John Yelverton
    2018-12-28 19:12

    Every American should read this book to understand how this country was supposed to work.

  • Ross
    2019-01-08 00:54

    This is a must read ............This is my second time reading this book and it has so much good information.

  • Merrill
    2018-12-18 18:19

    Outstanding. This book debunks the current impoverished view of the Founders of this nation. I consider it a 'Must Read' if you want to retain the liberties God gave us all.

  • goddess
    2018-12-26 18:00

    This book leaves little doubt that the Founders were religious. Even those considered the "least religious" among them were much more so than the vast majority we find in Washington. Barton is a brilliant historian who relies on primary sources--something missing in so many "historical" accounts we find today. There are ample quotes to prove that this nation was founded on Christian principles (i.e. the Bible) and that the Founding Fathers believed that religion and the devotion to it were the only way this country would survive. I ended the book with some despair as I realized how far we have strayed from these principles and the meaning intended from our Constitution. One of the themes Barton presents is that one must study the intents of the Founders as well as the historical perspective of the 18th century. It seems that nobody does that anymore. Among the many interesting insights, Barton explains how the judicial branch of government was meant to be the weakest of the three.....yet today it has become almost the strongest. If you want to understand the religious founding and intentions for this nation, read this book. I really wish I could give everyone on Capitol Hill a copy....

  • Brian
    2018-12-17 17:21

    David Barton makes a compelling case that the 1st amendment to the U.S Constitution has been changed dramatically from the founding fathers original intent. In numerous citations and excerpts of letters from founding fathers it becomes apparent that the Supreme Court has changed the orignal meaning of the 1st amendment. Barton cites lists of case law that has slowly but inexorably moved the country away from religious artifacts in schools/government buildings and into a more secular society.Barton also spends a significant amount of time establishing that the vast majority of the founding fathers were indeed religious, and that the United States was created and founded in Christianity. An interesting read, it certainly changes my viewpoint when I realize that "separation of Church and State" is NOT in the Constitution at all.

  • Karl Tenney
    2019-01-04 20:54

    Is the Constitution a document to be interpreted, adapted and corrected to fit whatever is going on in the present day (an activist point of view) or is it an established document written by men who were inspired by God and we should recognize that any question should be considered in light of what the framers intended (a constructionist point of view)? This book documents specific cases where the activist approach was taken and how those small steps have added up over time to get us to where we are now.

  • Renetta
    2018-12-30 01:21

    If you care about the laws our country was founded on & need to see just how far we've turned a blind eye to Government, you will like this book!

  • Becki
    2019-01-10 01:14

    This book takes an intense look at the First Amendment, the courts, and the intent of the founding fathers. David Barton goes directly to the source of both the Constitution (which does not ever state �separation of church and state�) and the founding fathers� writings and quotes. He also sites many court rulings throughout history that have both supported the �original intent� as indicated in the wording of the constitution and the founding fathers own words and have reshaped and revised the intent of the first amendment.\nWhile the text was hard to push through at times, with all the citations and legalize, I found the reading to be interesting. I was challenged to reexamine some of the things I believed when it comes to religion and the government.\nI do have one very large issue with the book. It continued to reference �Chapter 18� and the �Appendix� for further information on given topics. However, the copy I read only went to Chapter 11 and had no Appendix. So I feel like I am missing good chunks of knowledge and information that I would like to have been able to read.\nEven with that, though, it was worth the read. \n

  • Larry Killion
    2019-01-16 19:53

    Original Intent. By David Barton.This is a very important book for people of faith to read regarding what has happened to the religious climate of public modern America. Unbelieving haters of biblical standards have taken over America from within. By rewriting and or ignoring the original intent of the authors of the founding documents of America, a so-called politically correct movement has corrupted the American way by usurping every branch of our government and is turning our constitutional republic of free citizens into a socialist democracy that is subservient to the elitists of globalism. Learn about the misleading metaphor used in this arena and read the actual quotes of the founding fathers in contrast to what modern politicians, activists and justices say about Christianity in the public square.

  • Jim
    2018-12-23 00:14

    As silly as it may seem before thumbing through this well researched reference work I had not given a great deal of thought to the fact that behind every government and society is a philosophy. This book brought this concept into stark clarity along with the realization that many of the problems in this nation today stem from from the confusion that results from abandonement of the core principles and philosophy behind our institutions of government.

  • Michael
    2019-01-07 17:54

    Great collection of evidence to explain and support "original intent" Constitutional interpretation. Great practical advice for Christians interacting with the modern deconstruction of American Jurisprudence. Substantive Due Process is laughable. There is no voodoo magic in the text of the Constitution that needs modern academic witch doctors to decipher. The book is jammed with primary source material to ponder and teach. Great book. A bit dry at times but very worth it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-08 23:09

    A great read. Very clear explanation of the original purpose and intent of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Worth the effort for anyone who really wants to understand how the Constitution should be interpreted and ho may be concerned that the Supreme Court has pre-empted the role of the legislative branch.

  • Sean Pratt
    2018-12-17 20:19

    I know this book is going to piss me off but it is important to understand the point of view of people who you are in opposition to politically, religiously, or ideally. This is the path to understanding and acceptance of others, even when they are wrong. Plus, it will make it that much easier for me to conquer these people in debate.

  • Mike
    2018-12-19 21:17

    How fitting to finish this book on July 4. It is amazing and troubling to read how far away from the original intent of our Founding Fathers America has moved. I wish this book was required reading for every American.

  • Erik
    2018-12-23 16:59

    Everyone needs to know the truth about the term "separation of church and state." The truth will set you free. It will explain not only the plan for limited government originally set forth in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights but how that vision can once again become reality.

  • Bob
    2018-12-25 19:10

    People have not educated ourselves about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the authentic history the creation of this nation.Buy it, read it, and pass it along to everyone you know.

  • Tim Senter
    2018-12-19 17:23

    Excellent Reference.

  • Jamie Hope
    2019-01-02 19:08

    If you want an exhaustive history on the formation of nation and the original intent of our forefathers, this is a must read. Complete with a gazillion references!

  • Geoff
    2019-01-13 20:23

    Its greatest fault is its success at making its point so well. Great lengths have been gone to to provide the reader with a full context, often multiple pages around a singular citation. Everybody and their dog that could possibly be construed as a 'founding father' is cited. Transcripts of case upon case are made use of to prove the flagrant misrepresentations of the Constitution by our so called 'justice system.'But the book doesn't progress from there after the first 2 chapters, just more legal minutia of kicking a dead horse. This is a very dry read that basically comes across as 'see! see! see!' Maybe interesting for a pre-law student.

  • Marie Carmean
    2019-01-10 18:17

    A must-read for everyone who loves this Country and wants a better understanding of the true intent of the Founding Fathers in writing the Constitution, and upholding it in early Court records. It breaks through all of the twisted interpretations of our modern world with actual quotes and writings of those who made it all happen! Highly recommended!

  • Chantele Gustaveson
    2018-12-20 17:05

    This book teaches a lot about the American founding fathers and what America's values should be. Loved all the quotes from actual letters and original constitutional principles substantiated with real historical documents/correspondence. Really glad I read it, although it is not one to keep you up at night

  • Bethany Hanna
    2019-01-08 18:08

    I got this book to enlighten myself further on politics and why the country seems to have strayed so far from what I remember learning in history class about our constitution and pride of freedom/liberty, etc.I learned so much and would recommend everyone read this book! Seeking out knowledge for ourselves is so important, and this book is an excellent resource!

  • Chad Hansen
    2019-01-06 22:10

    really enjoyed this. the book had tons of references to back up each key point/argument, which was overkill, but the book really expanded my mind. Be prepared to get frustrated with our current system when comparing to the constitutions original intent...

  • Ed
    2018-12-21 17:18

    A textbook describing how the progressive movement in America has systematically undermined and ignored the intent of the founding fathers in regard to the role of religion vis-a-vis American culture and government. Another book which should be required reading by any person elected to office.