The Case for Divine Providence in U.S. History (MP3 Download)
As historian Walter MacDougall declares, "The creation of the United States is the central event of the last 400 years of human history." No other development has proven more consequential, or less predictable, than the rapid emergence of the dominant economic, military and cultural power on earth in the sparsely settled, undeveloped continent of North America.
The dramatic nature of America's rise allows only three plausible explanations -
- it's an accident, a series of fortunate coincidences
- it's a crime, a collection of uniquely selfish, ruthless, exploitative misdeeds that allowed America to push ahead of the rest of the world
- or it's the hand of God, an example of Divine Providence at work.
This show makes clear that virtually all our leaders over the course of some 400 years have understood the American experience as a result of a Higher Power's influence on history. To explain America's improbable rise as a product of coincidence and luck has never been satisfying or plausible, so those who reject the idea of Providence emphasis allegations of plunder; if you don't stress a grateful America, you're likely to embrace a guilty America.
With eye-witness accounts of remarkable and illogical events, this program supplements and expands the previous release GOD'S HAND ON AMERICA with all new subjects, information and argument. We cover unheralded and amazing aspects of the American Revolution, the conquest of an empty continent, and religious visionaries who helped the nation achieve and explain its destiny.
There's also an astonishing, little-known story about the discovery of a huge cross more than 13 stories high, carved by nature into a remote mountainside in the Rockies, and inspiring pilgrims for generations before political correctness, and an oddly timed landslide, destroyed the popularity of the once-cherished site.
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This country was not an accident and the God-fearing men and women that established it knew that to be the case. I know there are those that would argue against this, but for me the question is not "Was there Divine Providence in formation and maintenance of this nation?", but rather, "Since there is ample evidence that Divine Providence helped establish and preserve this nation, what are each of us doing individually to help this country fulfill is divine destiny?"
Atheism is a Strawman that collapses under the weight of the second premise of the Kalam cosmological argument (1. anything that begins to exist has a cause [a tautology] 2. the universe began to exist 3. therefore God exists). You can't affirm science and deny science in the same sense and in the same relationship. 2. “The universe began to exist” The universe came into being. If the atheist denies this they are denying the state of the art in modern cosmology. “To deny this now is to deny scientific fact.” A team of scientists headed by astronomer John M. Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced...it had found the evidence it was seeking to support the theory that the universe had a beginning)...We have had a string of solid, recent scientific discoveries that point in a definite direction, as follows: Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and the scientific confirmation of its accuracy; the cosmic microwave background radiation; red-shifting of light from galaxies moving away from us; radioactive element abundance predictions; helium/hydrogen abundance predictions; star formation and stellar life cycle theories; the second law of thermodynamics applied to nuclear fusion inside stars. Then, add Mr. Medved's insightful historical facts and the wise man affirms "God's not Dead."
I heard part of it on the radio and was hooked. So I purchased the full program, and my husband and I listened to it straight through. Very enjoyable.