This blog is called TheAmericanPlutarch in honor of Plutarch the ancient author of lives, who I am constantly seeking to imitate in my historical and biographical writings.
I wish to narrow the theme of this blog to The Bacone Messenger.
First, I am a professor of history at Bacone College
Second, I am researching and writing a history of Bacone College to be published by Indian University Press this summer.
Third, I have been publishing articles on Bacone history through the Baconian online newspaper at baconian.bacone.edu.
Fourth, Bacone College was founded by messengers, literally apostles, missionaries, specifically Baptist, who sought to bring Christianity to the American Indians of Oklahoma.
Fifth, I have for about six years been researching various denominations of Christian messengers in North America: Anglican, Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Moravian, Roman Catholic.
Sixth, the histories and biographies I tend to write focus on messengers who through explorations, discoveries, journeys, and publications attempted to spread the message of truth and love that is the heart of the Great Commission, when Jesus told his disciples, according to Mark, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”
As a result, this blog will feature the results of my research and thinking on the history of Bacone College, the history of Christian missionary work, and the history of all those people over time who have tried by their efforts to better the world.
I invite comments from current and past Baconians and from anyone interested in the history of higher education, the history of Oklahoma, the history, purpose, and meaning of Christian missionary work, and the history of insightful people over time: scientists, explorers, discoverers, writers, thinkers–especially thinkers!