A compilation by Verna M. Hall

Edited by Joseph Allen Montgomery


(Book Review)

          This book is a valuable source of information for anyone who wants to understand and defend the government given to us by the founding fathers. As I write, the Social-Darwinist erosion of that government is so advanced that most students today have no concept of what America once was, or how much of our freedom has been lost. What Verna Hall provides is a source of information which will be of great help to anyone wanting to do first hand research relating to the men and ideas that provided us with the Constitutional framework of government by the people. And, for those who may not understand how much of our freedom has been lost, let me remind them that both abortion and acceptance of homosexuality have been forced on the people from the top down. That is dictatorship, not freedom.


          In addition to documenting the historical roots of freedom, Mrs. Hall includes discourses and relevant portions of many older documents. Let me offer this sample quote From the section on the Magna Charta (A.D. 1215).


“No constable or bailiff of ours shall take corn or other chattels of any man unless he presently give him money for it, or hath respite of payment by the good-will of the seller.”


From the English Bill of Rights (1689).


“It is the right of the subjects to petition the king and all commitments and prosecutions for such petitioning are illegal… That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence… That excessive bail ought not to be required nor excessive fines imposed nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”


From, “THE SPIRIT OF LAWS” by Montesquieu.


“There is no liberty, if the judiciary power be not separated from the legislative and executive. Were it joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control; for the judge would be then the legislator.” [What does that say about judicial activism?]




“Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human law should contradict these.” [For almost 100 years after our Constitution was adopted, Blackstone’s Commentaries were the primary textbook of law in the United States.]


I hope that these brief quotes have convinced you of the value of this book, and the importance of preserving the Christian history of our Constitution. For me, that history is more than just human history, it is a history of God’s hand of providence at work to provide the two nations He has used most in spreading the gospel with a system of freedom and justice consistent with the gospel.

Originally published by C. J. Krehbiel Company in Cincinnati. Copies can be found on the internet.

Gary Ray Branscome