Remembering Sam
July-August 2015

The Legacy of Government Education

By Mark R. Rushdoony

Those Americans who love liberty have had little to cheer about in recent generations. Those who desire to see a specifically Christian liberty in the context of a growing Kingdom of God in the West have had even less success, with one exception. The future histories of the West will note the first cracks in the monolith of twentieth-century statism in America appeared with the revival of distinctly Christian education, first in the day schools of the 1960s, then the homeschool movement a decade later.

Sam Blumenfeld: Public Enemy #1

By Martin G. Selbrede

Whether he was an official Public Enemy #1 of the NEA, or simply someone whose parentage the NEA may have questioned, Sam was a formidable…

Sam Blumenfeld’s Counter-Revolution

By Geoffrey Botkin

In 1993 my wife Victoria performed a counter-revolutionary act. She handed a well-worn, red spiral-bound book to our six-year-old daughter. Our daughter could not read, but that was precisely the point. The book was Sam Blumenfeld’s work on phonetic English. After a few days of reading over the basic sounds and…

Remembering Sam

By Andrea G. Schwartz

I first heard of Sam Blumenfeld in the mid-eighties soon after meeting Dr. Rushdoony. We had donated a car to Chalcedon. As part of his…

By Bruce N. Shortt

The job of a foreword is to explain why a book is important and should be read. In the case of this new edition of Samuel Blumenfeld’s history of the origins of the modern “public” school system, Is Public Education Necessary?, that task is easily accomplished.

By Kevin Craig

The Constitution requires legislators to take an oath of office. Every person who signed the U.S. Constitution believed that an “oath” was an act of worship, a promise made in the presence of God. At first, only Christians were allowed to take any oath. This meant only Christians could…

By Paul Michael Raymond

I first met Sam Blumenfeld many years ago in Washington D.C., at the late Marshall Fritz’s “Alliance for the Separation of School and State” conference. I had already been familiar with his books and was very encouraged by his work on education and the Christian faith, and was eager…

By Lee Duigon

My first reaction, once I’d finished reading this book, was to say, “Oh! Now we’re getting somewhere!” To some it may seem a trivial pursuit to try to reclaim territory for Christ’s…

By Martin G. Selbrede

This is the ninth in a series of articles about addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore, the Christian physician who was jailed in early April, 2015. If you’ve not been following this story, please read through the previous eight articles that have appeared in Faith for…