Produced by Colonial Williamsburg, this program recreates for students of American independence the fire of George Whitefield, the zeal of the Reverend Samuel Davies, and their pursuit of the right to worship according to one’s convictions. With Colonial Williamsburg as a backdrop, Thomas Jefferson guides viewers to understand how the axiom that government ought not legislate belief became a fundamental pillar of American democracy.
I wonder how many people in the United States know the background of our religious freedom? This documentary gives insight to a topic we take for granted.It was a time when the English king’s church was the only one it was legal to attend, and taxes were levied if people didn’t show up at church. If you did not attend at least once a month or pay the taxes required, you were punished and fined. Missionaries arose in the wake of these rules and started to preach the true Gospel; people began to turn away from the king’s church and hold services in their homes despite being punished. “Gospel of Liberty” tells of the Great Awakening that took place in Virginia with the help of Samuel Davies. He opened peoples’ minds, hearts and souls to the truth of Christianity. He challenged even the courts to be allowed to preach to all men, women and children. This is truly an educational documentary that will provide answers to questions about religious liberty. We are proud to award it the Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+.