Building a Nation on Rock or Sand
H. Smitskamp, Trans. & Ed. by Harmen Boersma

$19.99

Subtitle: Groen van Prinsterer for Today

6 x 9 - 136 Pages

Netherlandic parliamentarian Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer concluded that a nation can be built on rock or sand. He sorted through years of documents comparing the spirit of the people with the development of the nation. He discovered that when divine sovereignty was replaced by humanistic arbitrary decisions, it led to revolutionary events in society. He spent the rest of his life writing about and resisting this trend. His life was not easy but hopeful.
Seventy-five years later, after WWII, a selection of his writings were summarized in a booklet that became popular in the Netherlands.
Now another seventy-five years later, it has been published here in English. Groen made his observations about the time Canada was founded as a nation on this continent.
Groen’s ideas are growing in importance as they bridge a greater time period. Building A Nation on Rock or Sand challenges us to make our participation in society most meaningful.


The life and works of Groen Van Prinsterer provide an understanding of how Christians have wrestled with applying the teachings of Christ to the politics of their time.
Brad Trost
Member of Parliament

As a pastor of a biblically based evangelical church, I highly recommend this work to my fellow pastor-teachers as they seek to give insight to their congregations regarding political and cultural trends.
Dean Brdlik
Senior Pastor

Certain principles that uphold freedom of conscience, freedom of religious worship and parental rights in education are Scripture based and are worthy of study and emulation.
Dan DiRocco
High school principal (retired)
Editorial Advisory Board,
The Interim

Unbelief in divine revelation carries with it the seeds of decay when it comes to expression in education, the church and politics. The book is a challenging and profitable read.
James W. Reaves
Reformed Pastor Emeritus

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  • ISBN: 978-1-4600-0889-8
  • EBN: 1350
  • 26 Units in Stock
  • Published By: Guardian Books


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 07 December, 2017.

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