The author of a #1 national bestseller, Dr. Peter Lillback, spoke to a full house at George Washington Inn on March 24, 2011. Decades of diligent research gave his book, George Washington’s Sacred Fire, the credibility that caused it to rise to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers for an entire week last summer, where it remained in the top one hundred for months on end.
History buffs were not disappointed and soaked in every vignette and disclosure drawn from the author’s pursuits to unearth the faith of George Washington. His exhaustive research puts to rest many of the revisionist efforts and controversies that have risen over the past century.
Dr. Peter A. Lillback is the president of The Providence Forum, the non-profit scholarly organization committed to preserve, defend, and advance the faith and values of America’s founding. He is also the president of Westminster Theological Seminary, one of the world’s leading institutes of higher theological education. He has also been Professor of Church History at Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr. Lillback holds degrees from Cedarville University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He is the author of numerous books, has published many articles, and is a contributor to the History News Network, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Bulletin.
Beyond his historical interests, Dr. Lillback is a very popular speaker and writer on many world-view issues, and has participated in numerous highly popular debates with Christians, atheists, government, and secular leaders and personalities. He is a leading expert on the foundational history of the United States, the intersection of faith, politics, government, and the public square, and on the separation of church and state, and is a frequent guest and spokesperson on television, radio, and in the mass media. Dr. Lillback’s recent speaking schedule has included Italy, Scotland, China, Indonesia, South Korea, South Africa, and Australia. His unparalleled scholarship, warm disposition, and unique style have made him a much sought-after speaker at secular, religious, historical, and academic events and venues around the world.
Book Reviews for “George Washington’s Sacred Fire”
“What sets “George Washington’s Sacred Fire” apart from all previous works on this man for the ages, is the exhaustive fifteen years of Dr. Peter Lillback’s research, revealing a unique icon driven by the highest of ideals. Not only do George Washington’s own writings, journals, letters, manuscripts, and those of his closest family and confidants reveal the truth of this awe-inspiring role model for all generations. Dr. Lillback paints a picture of a man, who, faced with unprecedented challenges and circumstances, ultimately drew upon his persistent qualities of character – honesty, justice, equity, perseverance, piety, forgiveness, humility, and servant leadership, to become one of the most revered figures in world history. George Washington set the cornerstone for what would become one of the most prosperous, free nations in the history of civilization. Through this book, Dr. Lillback, assisted by Jerry Newcombe, will reveal to the reader a newly inspirational image of General and President George Washington.” –Amazon
“An enlightening, engaging, and long overdue correction of the falsehood that Washington lacked faith.“ –Rodney Stark, Baylor University
“Dr. Lillback buries the myth that Washington was an unbeliever – at most a “deist” – under an avalanche of facts.” –Robert P. George, Princeton University
“Secular historians ignore George Washington’s ward Nelly Custis, who wrote that doubting his Christian faith was as absurd as doubting his patriotism. But they cannot ignore this mountain of evidence suggesting Washington’s religion was not Deism, but just the sort of low-church Anglicanism one would expect in an 18th century Virginia gentleman. His “sacred fire” lit America’s path toward civil and religious liberty.” –Walter A. McDougall, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author