Americans are not a chosen people; Americans Christians are not special morally or spiritually. Americans are sinful humans just like the rest of humanity.
Musings on history, politics, religion, and all the other things we take too seriously in the 21st Century.
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
Liberal conservatism is most often associated with the United Kingdom, but liberal conservative political parties exercised power across Europe from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the beginning of the First World War. In 1824, Louis XVIII’s successor and younger...
Liberal Conservatives in the Nineteenth Century, unlike latter-day libertarians who claim their mantle, understood that institutional might and power played a role in liberal efforts to expand basic civil rights in a broadly conservative order. Liberal conservatism did not mean tearing down the Christian order or Christian socio-political establishments.
This moment in World History has been playing out on a micro level among so-called Evangelical Protestants. Patricians and plebes are emerging into seemingly ossified castes, and the quickest way at present to move into the patrician class is to publicly denounce the strong gods of the plebes.
The pursuit of a unitary American identity is undoubtedly something that should be approached with intellectual caution.
I’ve expended a good bit of intellectual energy recently trying to add nuance to the question of so-called Christian nationalism as it relates to the American republic. I’ve been reading Frédéric de Rougemont’s The Individualists in Church and State over the past few...