Longtime Rockford College president releases book about Christianity

Staff Report

Dr. John Howard served as president of Rockford College (now Rockford University) for 17 years from 1960 to 1977. With “Christianity: Lifeblood of America’s Free Society (1620-1945),” Howard narrates the development of America as a Christian society, which has led to three centuries of success and blessings for the American people. According to Howard, the contrast between the pious, family-oriented society of the New England colonists and today’s culture of self-centered ego is striking.

Now, it is time for the new generations to step up and ensure that America maintains its status as a powerful Christian society. Christian culture is under attack from both non-Christian extremists and secular values, pushing Christianity from the cultural marketplace of ideas. Presenting the individuals, philosophies, organizations and failures responsible for this meltdown, Howard hopes that Christianity’s history of courage, sacrifice and love will inspire Americans to rediscover and embrace the Christian culture.

According to Howard, the prosperous American society as we know it would not be able to survive — much less thrive — without Christianity. He emphasizes the importance of the impact of Christian culture, especially on children. The Christian influence on the morals of the world’s youth can make all the difference in the direction of their lives.

The solid Christianity, which inspired us to be ‘The Greatest Generation’ is now under attack,” says Howard. “I profoundly hope that Christianity’s history will inspire modern Americans to rediscover and embrace the spirit of preceding generations.”

According to Howard, Christianity is deliberately omitted from history and it is vitally important to see the influence of God in every aspect of life. He challenges readers to take a stand by beginning to reconstruct the free society that once flourished in our country.

Christianity: Lifeblood of America’s Free Society” (ISBN: 978-1-61507-858-5) is available as a paperback for $11.95 and as an e-book for $9.99 at amazon.com.

In addition to serving as president of Rockford College, Howard also served as national president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities for three years and currently serves as senior fellow at The Howard Center on Family, Religion and Society. More than 40 years of his presentations have been published in Vital Speeches, a monthly publication offering transcripts of noteworthy speeches. He and his wife, Jan, have four children and nine grandchildren.

In 1945, Howard returned from World War II service in a tank battalion of the First Infantry Division with two silver stars, two purple hearts and a commitment to use his career to sustain and strengthen America’s religious ideals. During the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration, he headed the first program using government contracts to open jobs for qualified minority applicants.

From the March 12-18, 2014 issue

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