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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

John Locke - Mary-Elaine Swanson

Philosopher of American Liberty.  Christian contributions of English philosopher John Locke and his influence on American government.  and the Declaration of Independence.  This book sets the record straight in truth that Locke was a Christian in his profession, and Biblical in his worldview.  The subtitle of this book is "Why our founders fought for Life, Liberty, and Property."
Locke has been praised by Thomas Jefferson,  John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and James Monroe, among others.  All who admit his influence on their thinking and writing on what became the foundation of the United States.  Locke believed that the Law of Nature was the Law of God,  and as such, Natural Law made no sense without God.  Locke was educated at Christ Church, Oxford,  where Oliver Cromwell was chancellor at the time.  Among other writings,  Locke wrote "Some thoughts on education."in 1690 which is still in print today, and relevant.  The detail in this book is quite interesting and readers will find it very relevant to what is happening in government today, and how far distant we have strayed from what the founding fathers intended. Readers will find especially interesting the section on the current administration and critique of such.
There is not only a Bibliography in the back, but an extensive general index of concepts and cross references in this very well researched book.
I would recommend this book to any lover of history and anyone who would like to know who influenced our founding fathers in their thinking.  Many will not be aware of Locke's influence on our country, but this book should clear things up.

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