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the great christian revolutionThe Great Christian Revolution by Otto Scott is absolutely one of the most fascinating, informative, and important books we have ever read, which no study of American history should be without. To understand American history, one must thoroughly understand the Reformation, and before one studies the Reformation, one must understand the pagan cultures of Greece and Rome and why we needed a Reformation.

     Never have I highlighted so much in one book. Never have I sat for hours on end late at night and read ahead to find out more. Never have I learned so much about the history that inevitably forged this nation and understood so clearly why our forefathers took such great pains to set forth such a strong foundation of government through the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. And never have I felt so responsible for fighting to maintain the freedoms we enjoy, all because so many generations of godly men suffered at the hands of tyrants and fought so bravely for the freedom we now enjoy.     

     As Otto Scott says it so well, “If Christianity had not appeared, Rome would have continued its fall and been succeeded by the warlike tribes of pagan Europe. The culture of the ancients, with their wars, human sacrifices, injustices and barbarities, would have continued repetitively until today, like the incoherent histories of Asia and Africa.     

     “It was Christianity alone that brought intellectual and spiritual hope, an end to human sacrifices, and the recognition of individual rights to the world. No other religion ever created a church that limited governments. That limitation enabled the free Christians of Europe to clear the land of great forests, to tame the wild beasts and wild tribes, to develop better methods of agriculture and manufacture, to build cities, to create cultures that were diverse but united in a single faith, to erect the largest, richest, and most polyglot civilization the world has ever known.     

     “This book tells you the significance of Christianity to our civilization. It also tells you, if you have eyes to see, that no civilization has ever risen without a faith and that none has ever outlasted the loss of its faith. It reminds you of the sacrifices, setbacks, and triumphs of Christians through roughly 1,600 years. It points—like a tutor in print—toward your own evaluation of what you have inherited (no matter who you are), what it means to keep this civilization—and what it could mean to lose it.     

     “No matter what the unfortunate students in our anti-Christian schools are told, this is a Christian civilization. Its marvels, spread throughout the world, could not have been conceived, let alone created by any other civilization. Christianity, in other words, revolutionized the world.      “Human sacrifice was a religious rite practiced in every country, by every religion until Christianity appeared. Until then, humanity sought to assuage universal feelings of guilt through the sacrifice of innocent children, women, and men. After Jesus—the Final sacrifice—appeared, individual rights (and responsibilities) were held to be God’s gifts.     

      “That astonishing beginning marks the start of the Great Christian Revolution. Never has so broad a sweep of Christian history been so swiftly or dramatically told.     

     “We learn about the 500-year long struggle to convert the savage tribes of Europe and the rise of the most variegated, wealthy, powerful, and intellectual civilization in the history of the world.      “The issues that enabled the rise of Christendom are described in terms of people and behavior—not abstractions. The Renaissance, with its pagan undertones, material advances and spiritual decline, appears as it did when it was alive. The vicissitudes of the Reformation—especially in England and Scotland—are clarified.     

     “We learn why the Scots called their King James VI (later James I of England) ‘Shamie Jamie,’ and why, for religious reasons, his son King Charles I was the first European monarch to be tried, sentenced and executed by his own people.     

     “We learn why thousands of British subjects fled the Restoration to these shores, why traditional defense of the monarchy led England to call the villainous King Charles II a ‘merry monarch’—and where the men of Philadelphia learned the ideas that shaped our original Constitution.     

     “Those puzzled at the clutter of the faith today will find a refreshing clarity in The Great Christian Revolution.”