Sacred War Sacred Scripture

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Byrd, James P. The Sacred Scripture, The Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2013. What was the role of the Bible in the American Revolution? Surprisingly, historians have never satisfactorily answered this straightforward question. James P. Byrd took a chance of trying to answer the question when he wrote Sacred Scripture, Sacred War; which is a monograph that explores how American colonists used biblical texts to justify the Revolution and inspired those who fought in it. The bible was the most read and respected book in the colonies as well as in the new nation, and Byrd as well as many others observe that biblical authority was more important than any other source in endowing the Revolution with meaning. The author of this book James P. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of American Religious Studies, an Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research Graduate Department of Religion, and a Fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville Tennessee. He has obtained many credentials, graduating from Gardner-Webb University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies, from Duke University with a Master of Divinity in theological studies in 1991, and graduating from Vanderbilt first in 1997 with a Master of Arts in American History, then again in 1999, with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Byrd offers an “analysis of how American revolutionaries choose defended their patriotic convictions of war through scripture” felt by the Christianity Today Review, 2013. This review supports what is believed by many as well as myself. The main Idea he is trying to get people to understand is that the Bible was a key text of the American Revolution. In the opening line he states, “On January 17, 1776, one week after Thomas Paine published his incendiary
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