A THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN HISTORY
C. Gregg Singer
"History does not proceed without the ideas of men behind it -- past, present, and future. Because of this, Gregg Singer's book is a must read for pastors' and people to understand the ideas behind our American history. It is surprising to see how much Calvinism and Calvinistic leaders helped guide our country's founding and achieved stability and freedom, especially for religion. The book is also a challenge to teach sound doctrine in the church to raise up faithful and thinking people to influence the ideas behind our future." --Pastor Fred Malone, Clinton, LA
Table of contents
1 Introduction 1
2 Deism in Colonial Life 24
3 Transcendentalism and the Rise of Modern Democracy 51
4 Social Darwinism: Its Theological Background and Political Implications 92
5 The Social Gospel and Its Political Effects in American Life 142
6 Theological Liberalism after 1920 and Its Political Consequences 179
7 The New Deal and Its Consequences 223
8 World War Two and After 263
9 Conservatism and Liberalism, Theological and Political: Their Ebb and Flow, 1950-1980 278
10 Conclusion 325
11 Bibliography 343
12 Index 349
"I found the book absolutely fascinating, challenging, and enlightening. I am not a historian, so I cannot say where he was or was not valid in his historiography, but his work gave me a brand new understanding of American history, especially in how we fell away from Christian principles into social Darwinism and the doctrines that bled over from the French Revolution. He helped me grasp the inroad of Deism, Transcendentalism, Democracy, and the Social Gospel. He was especially helpful to me regarding the New Deal. Singer prepared me to understand how our once great nation descended to its present state. I was not surprised by the advent of the Obama regime, primarily because of the understanding I have of our history: a great deal of that came from Gregg's book." - Pastor Jeff Pollard, Mt Zion Bible Church, Pensacola, FL
"Dr. Singer brings to light and focuses on the realities which made our country great in its formative decades. The contemporary ideas respecting our country and its history are amiss, being secularized and spiritually destitute. Our spiritual history is unsurpassed in the history of nations. May this book call people back to their true spiritual roots." - Pastor William R. Downing
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Author's Bio Sketch
|Author's Bio Sketch
C. Gregg Singer, 1910-1999
The Rev. Dr. Charles Gregg Singer, scholar, professor, minister, churchman, and gentleman, passed away on March 22, 1999, at the age of 88. His academic and ministerial career stretched for more than six decades.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Dr. Singer was a graduate of Haverford College, and earned his masters and his doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity from the Atlanta School of Biblical Studies in 1986.
Among the places at which he taught were Wheaton College, Salem College, the University of Pennsylvania, Belhaven College, Montreat-Anderson College, Catawba College, Furman University, and Atlanta School of Biblical Studies. At the time of his death, he was an active member of the faculty of Greenville (S. C.) Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Among his published works were: A Theological Interpretation of American History, John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, Arnold Toynbee: A Critical Study, The Unholy Alliance (an expose of the National Council of Churches), From Rationalism to Irrationality, A Christian Introduction to History and Philosophy, The Church and the Sword, and South Carolina in the Confederation. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Christianity and the Dictionary of Church History.
A long-time ruling elder in the Southern Presbyterian Church, Dr. Singer was the last President of Concerned Presbyterians, Inc., a "layman's" group which had called for the establishment of a Continuing Presbyterian Church. When that new denomination, now called the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), came into being in 1973, Dr. Singer remained in the old denomination, to continue the fight. When judicial action was taken against him in 1975 on what he called "trumped up charges," he was able to transfer to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. In 1987, he joined the PCA, by being ordained as a minister by Central Carolina Presbytery.
Dr. Singer's wife predeceased him. He is survived by four children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gregg Singer passed away quietly in the home of his son, Robert, just before midnight on March 22nd.