Princeton Seminary’s faculty in the Early Republic worked honestly and consistently to create a religious milieu devoted to historic creeds and confessions while also affirming the broad religious liberties enacted by the constitutional regime. Their efforts worked....
Musings on history, politics, religion, and all the other things we take too seriously in the 21st Century.
In the Spring of 1843, William A. Scott, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, delivered a sermon that caused such a stir among his congregants and other members of the community they asked him to publish it. A local printing house published the...
Flashman’s actions throughout the book are hysterically funny mix of bravery and cowardice. He is at once noble and despicable; admirable and deplorable. He is, undoubtedly, sinner and yes even saint at times.
I thought about writing a post today but in light of events in Afghanistan I thought I would do something more simple and simply post the burial rite from the Anglican Church in North America’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer as it would likely be rendered for a fallen...
The United States did not inaugurate Protestant faith and doctrine. Protestant churches—Anglican, Lutheran, and Reformed—preexisted the American republic. Yet Americanist presumptions have been taken as holy writ by Protestants throughout the history of the United States, with interesting and sometimes horrifying consequences.
Americans are not a chosen people; Americans Christians are not special morally or spiritually. Americans are sinful humans just like the rest of humanity.
The unique wedding of Evangelical Reformed moralism to the question of anti-racism might lead to a certain type of radicalism wherein anyone not entirely committed to the antiracist cause might be seen—although never called—antinomian
Melville seems to lead us to the conclusion that Ahab’s sin was not his hatred of the whale, but his pursuit of a certain type of moral reckoning with that hatred.
Lincoln’s embodiment of the best of the liberal conservative political tradition was illustrated by the cautious but substantive way he sought to end the moral evil of chattel slavery in the United States.
For all of its imperfections, the American republic did in fact eventually nurture something along the lines of a healthy multiracial and pluralistic community