Christianity: Lifeblood of America's Free Society
Recorded on October 21, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Dr. Howard has written a powerful and highly readable series
of reflections on the role Christianity has played in the history
of the United States. The book is crowded with fascinating
information and illustrated by many apt quotations. The
argument is sinewy and the conclusions fresh and stimulating.
This is a book those who love America will cherish and learn
from. - Paul Johnson
The thesis of John Howard's book, Christianity: Lifeblood of
America's Free Society, is that Christianity was the dominant
influence in the development of the American nation and the
American society. His extensive documentation and numerous
quotations aptly support his thesis.
After service in the First Infantry Division in World War II, Dr.
Howard returned with two silver stars, two purple hearts, and a
commitment to use his career to sustain and strengthen America's
religious ideals, for which many of his friends had fought and
died. In the Eisenhower Administration, he headed the first
program using government contracts to open jobs for qualified
minority applicants. He was also a member of the National
Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. Dr. Howard served as
President of Rockford College for seventeen years and as the
National President of the American Association of Presidents of
Independent Colleges and Universities for three years.
Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at The Howard Center on Family,
Religion, and Society. In the 2007 national contest for
speechwriters sponsored by Vital Speeches and The
Executive Speaker, John Howard's "Liberty Revisited" received
the Grand Award as the best speech submitted in any of the