Nexus of Faith and Freedom

Nexus of Faith and Freedom

Ronald Reagan understood the integral nexus (a connection or link) between faith and freedom. He spoke movingly about faith and its importance to our nation and pointed out how freedom is related to America’s religious and specifically Judeo-Christian heritage. In America, rights are said to be derived from God (the God of the Old and New Testament), not from government. In Nexus of Faith and Freedom, author Wesley Allen Riddle explores complex and controversial issues, such as the separation of church and state, the right to pray in public, and pro-life’s moral presumption for the sanctity of human life. He provides considerable historical, philosophical, and constitutional rationale for the right of citizens to stand up against secularization, in particular the crowding out of religious liberty by government edicts affecting private decisions and religious expression in the public square.

Riddle’s case strongly references the Constitution and Founders’ Original Intent, and their almost universal faith-based worldview. The Founders certainly envisioned a qualitatively good Republic, as well as a free and virtuous people. What was considered good and virtuous was delineated in the Bible. A central argument Riddle makes is that faith begets freedom. If faith is on the wane in America, freedom itself is placed in jeopardy. Faith and freedom in America, historically, raised and supported each other as friends and allies in symbiotic fashion. The Constitution was never meant to be antagonistic to religion, but rather mutually reinforcing. Nexus of Faith and Freedom is heavily indexed and sourced and offers a textbook treatment on the role of religion and the Founders’ concept of ordered liberty. Moreover, it presumes the American nation is under providential care of God, that freedom as conceived by the Founders is ideally supposed to be righteous, that America has been in the past and can again be, an exemplary Nation among nations. The book is academic and at the same time, unapologetically patriotic. It offers lucid contemporary description and advocacy for what can be called the original “Christian nationalism.”

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Endorsements

“Wes has done a masterful work in The Nexus of Faith and Freedom – reminding a forgetful people of the legacy of “faith and freedom” that has been left to us. This book could be the blueprint for restoration of America, as it makes clear that the Spirit of 1776 is the same spirit that led the people of Israel to the Promised Land.”

– MARK COLLINS, Pastor and Actor/Character-George Washington-History Channel and A&E Historical Productions

“Wes Riddle’s political ideology certainly fits with what I’d call the ‘Christian libertarian’ position. My only frustration is that we don’t have enough principled commentators acting on his political wisdom in the halls of Congress and state legislatures, but that’s a problem we can all do more to remedy.”

– DON ZIMMERMAN, Executive Board, Republican Freedom Coalition, Austin, TX

“A vocal minority of those who are advocates of liberty tend to give the short shrift to the lessons of faith and history. Wes Riddle is not one of those. A champion of liberty, Riddle in his columns focuses the reflected light of history and faith on freedom’s path.”

—PAUL D. PERRY, 2008 Candidate for Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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The Nexus of Faith and Freedom

Built on ten years of weekly conservative commentary, Wes Riddle’s The Nexus of Faith and Freedom presents intriguing dialogue for the thinkers and modern day rebels against faceless–and faithless big government. Riddle’s case strongly references the Constitution and Founders’ Original Intent, and their faith-based world view. The Founders certainly envisioned a qualitatively good Republic, as well as a free and virtuous people. 384 pages



Endorsements

Advance Praise for The Nexus of Faith and Freedom

“Wes has done a masterful work in The Nexus of Faith and Freedom – reminding a forgetful people of the legacy of “faith and freedom” that has been left to us. This book could be the blueprint for restoration of America, as it makes clear that the Spirit of 1776 is the same spirit that led the people of Israel to the Promised Land.”

-Mark Collins-Pastor and Actor/Character-George Washington-History Channel and A&E Historical Productions

“Wes Riddle’s political ideology certainly fits with what I’d call the ‘Christian libertarian’ position. My only frustration is that we don’t have enough principled commentators acting on his political wisdom in the halls of Congress and state legislatures, but that’s a problem we can all do more to remedy.”

-Don Zimmerman-Executive Board, Republican Freedom Coalition, Austin, TX

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Nexus [nek-suhs]-noun:

A means of connection; a link.

Ronald Reagan understood the integral “nexus” twixt faith and freedom. He spoke movingly about faith and its importance to our nation and pointed out how freedom is related to America’s religious heritage. In America, for instance, rights are said to be derived from God and not from government.

Built on ten years of weekly conservative commentary, Wes Riddle’s The Nexus of Faith and Freedom presents intriguing dialogue for the thinkers and modern day rebels against faceless–and faithless big government. Riddle’s case strongly references the Constitution and Founders’ Original Intent, and their faith-based world view. The Founders certainly envisioned a qualitatively good Republic, as well as a free and virtuous people.

The Nexus of Faith and Freedom explores complex and controversial issues, such as the separation of church and state; the right to pray in public; and pro-life’s moral presumption for the sanctity of human life.

A central argument Riddle makes is that faith begets freedom. Moreover, faith and freedom in America, historically, have raised and supported each other as close friends and allies.

The Constitution was never meant to be antagonistic to religion; rather, faith and freedom were (and continue to be) mutually reinforcing!

384 pages

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About the Author:

Wesley Allen Riddle is widely published in the academic and opinion press regarding American history and political theory. He earned a master of philosophy degree from Oxford University and taught at West Point. A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Riddle lives in Belton, Texas, and is a small business owner.
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