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Welcome to the Trinity Baptist College Library, home to one of the largest theological collections in Northeast Florida. The library houses a total collection of over 40,000 volumes, 130 periodicals, and 500 DVDs, available for check out.


The library’s mission is to provide students with the research materials necessary to attain their educational goals in an environment that is both pleasant, and conducive to effective study, while furthering the progress of knowledge and creativity for the students at Trinity Baptist College.


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03-05-12
Christian America? Perspectives on Our Religious Heritage by Daryl Cornett
I have always had a love affair with American history. Even before I started studying Church History, I would love to hear the stories of George Washington, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and John Warden (commander of the U.S.S. Monitor during her famed battle wi the C.S.S. Virginia 9 March, 1862). I enjoyed reading about Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, D. L. Moody, and Billy Sunday, and their different styles of preaching, and pastoring skills.

Because America was founded as a land that offered freedom of religion, unique problems that never plagued the European continent arose. The new philosophical system, known as the Enlightenment, gripped nearly every one of the intellectuals and patriots that so eloquently argued for America's freedom. They believed that through hard work and the power of rational thought and inquiry, the impossible and improbable could be achieved. This certainly is the case, as these men who came together formed the most stable government, and longest working constitution, as well as a new nation that grew into the envy of the rest of the world.

There are a variety of different opinions on the spirituality of several of the founding fathers. Were they all born again believers? Were they all Deists and Unitarians? What was the overall purpose of the American Revolution? Why are there so many different viewpoints on the religious foundations of the country?

Recently, a group of men published a book that dealt with this subject. The title of the work is Christian America? Perspectives on our Religious Heritage. The editor, Daryl Cornett, invited David Barton, William Henard, and Jonathan Sassi, to express four different viewpoints on the founding of the country. Henard argues that the country is essentially Christian. He sees faith playing a prominent role throughout America's history, although there are times when the predominant culture ebbed and flowed in its relationship to Christianity. Sassi, who studied under famed Yale historian Jon Butler, saw America as distinctly secular. He points to letters like Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" letter to Danbury Baptist as proof that the country did not place as much emphasis on religion as previously thought. Barton, the president of Wallbuilders, argues that America was and is distinctively Christian, based on numerous documents that show that the Founding Fathers had a belief in God. Cornett, the books editor, argues that the country was shaped by some religious influences and some non-religious tendencies.

The debate over the spiritual genesis of a nation, is a conversation that usually displays more impassioned feeling than historical thought. This book places this ongoing important conversation, into a more proper forum for dissection, discussion, and interaction. Regardless of your pre-conceived beliefs about the religious foundation of America, Christian America? will help both believers and non-believers as they seek to interact with the other side in a civil, rational manner.
-- Dr. John Williams


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Hello, and welcome to a new feature on the Trinity Baptist College Library homepage. Each month in this space, we will highlight a book title selected by your professors. Each title selected will be significant in some way to the professor who chose it, and that professor will provide a brief description of how, and why that book made an impact on their lives...


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