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Aug 26, 2019

Tim Goeglein and Craig Osten’s book, “American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal our Nation”, addresses solutions to cultural problems that our society is facing in religious liberty today. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


Tim Goeglein and Craig Osten just released their new book, “American Restoration.”  It’s a critical examination of our time and place, recognizing the cultural battles our society faces and proposing common sense solutions to the problems Tim and Craig identify. 

I’m particularly taken by their evaluation of the state of religious liberty in our country today.  There’s a recognition throughout the chapter that there is a clash between world views and religious liberty seems to be losing ground. 

Their solution is simple, yet profound.  “If we are to restore religious liberty, we must engage,” they say.  “We must be involved.  This is a time for a historic flood tide of faithful men and women to get involved in the media, in culture, and in public policy debates at the local, state, regional, and national levels.”  That’s both vitally true and should be obvious to any reader paying close attention.

But, here’s the payoff. After calling for involvement at every level, they conclude, “But in doing so, we cannot compromise the core beliefs of our faith if we are to successfully restore America’s spiritual formation and God-given freedoms.”

Compromise erodes freedoms and that is not less true in the battle for religious freedom.  The loss of religious freedom is itself a loss of freedom.  And, at the same time, the more gains for the free exercise of religion we achieve, the more free our nation becomes. 

The founders understood that.  My friends Tim Goeglein and Craig Osten do too.  Perhaps you ought to also read their new book, “American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal our Nation.”

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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