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Religious Liberty in Action: A Lesson from Early America

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This week marks the 411th anniversary of the birth of John Eliot.

Not familiar to you?

Eliot, an Englishman by birth, came to the colony of Massachusetts where, so burdened  he translated all 66 books of the Bible – after developing an Algonquian grammar, no less – into the language of the Native Americans around him. The Eliot translation was published at Harvard College.

Sharing the Gospel with those who had never heard it was of Supreme importance to Eliot. And the religious liberty he enjoyed enabled Eliot to pursue his deep desire to enable the Algonquian Indians to read the good news about Jesus Christ in their own tongue.

American religious liberty has been with us since the dawning of the country we have become. FRC’s Freedom to Believe site is a compilation of stories of men and women whose exercise of the God-given, constitutionally-guaranteed religious liberty we always have enjoyed has been placed at-risk. John Eliot would, I think have stood with them. FRC does. Join us.

And look up the Eliot translation online to be reminded why this core liberty is so critical.



 

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