Exploring Biblical Principles and the Influence of Christian Faith on History, Government, and Culture
In 1837, Noah Webster scrutinized the America in which he lived and commented sadly to an associate, “Principles, sir, are becoming corrupt, deeply corrupt; & unless the progress of corruption, & perversion of truth can be arrested, neither liberty nor property, will long be secure in this country. And a great evil is, that men of the first distinction seem, to a great extent, to be ignorant of the real, original causes of our public distresses.”
More than 170 years later, Webster’s concern remains valid. God’s principles—Biblical principles—are often neglected and replaced by “corrupt” ones. Principles are supposed to be general truths on which individual lives and societies are based. Corrupt principles, however, are general falsehoods that can permeate a society and lead to its destruction.
We need to recover the general truths of Scripture and apply them to all of life. The Christian faith supplies those truths. Biblical principles should be the grid through which we examine our history, and they should form the foundation of our government and its policies.
My goal is to do whatever I can to help in the rediscovery of those principles. That is the purpose of this website. It offers books and articles I have published, insightful quotes from people who can help us think more about Biblical principles, and annotated lists of books that may help reveal the significance of Christian faith to history, government, and culture.
Dr. Alan Snyder’s Brief Biography
Professor of History, 2008 – now
Associate Professor of History, 2006-2008
Associate Professor of American History, 2001-2006
Associate Professor of Government, 1994-2001
Assistant Professor of History & Political Science, 1989-1994
Washington, D.C., 1980s
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