Category Archives: History and Philosophy

A series of essays on human history, philosophy, theology, and the search for personal knowledge.

New Book: Science in the Ancient World: From Antiquity through the Middle Ages

            Ancient science was the intellectual pursuit to understand the origins and workings of nature and humanity. Science is a term that encompasses many methods and varied disciplines over time. Science has engaged human thought for millennia. The questions that … Continue reading

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Idols

Idols The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the works of men’s hands . . . Statues straight, statues tall, supporting those who fall, propping up those who feel down, giving peace without a sound. For “they have … Continue reading

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Who is the King of Glory?

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof . . . Thousands, millions—countless—creatures die every day due to fire, floods, drought, heat, cold. But why? Why does God allow His creation to die, often en masse? Why are the … Continue reading

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The Working Class of Pre-Industrial and Industrial New England: The Phillips and Camac, Brown and Perkins, Families of New Brunswick, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

The United States is a land of immigrants. This is clearly seen when examining the Phillips, Camac, Brown, and Perkins families of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Brunswick. These families were the ancestors of the current living Phillips descendants, including … Continue reading

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The Lawsons of the American Southern Hill Country

The search for the self can take many paths. I especially like the path of the past. Past lives open up so many avenues for exploration of self. I love to engage in a dialogue with past individuals: the way … Continue reading

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Randolph Lawson, Veteran of the American Revolution and Southern Appalachian Farmer

Like many early Americans, the story of Randolph Lawson’s full life is very unclear for the historian of today. It is not known precisely when and where he was born, precisely who his parents were, and precisely who his children … Continue reading

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The American Southern Hill Country Personality

The Southern hill country personality type is a reticence towards others, even a reticence toward life, a suspicion about others, really a suspicion about everything, being afraid to commit, being afraid to take action, waiting, accepting—accepting not so much God, … Continue reading

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Squirrel Dance

Jumping about the trees Swinging from branch to branch A daredevil on the elm and maple. Taunting gravity, death; And the dogs on the ground, Look upon him, track him, Waiting. A young one, not as adept at the game– … Continue reading

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Clinton Dan Stackhouse Jr., (1923-2009), World War II Veteran of the War in Europe

Clinton Dan Stackhouse Jr. was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and died in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the course of his long life he served in the Army Air Corps throughout World War II in Europe. After the war he was an … Continue reading

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Maxwell Lawson (1802-1872) and Anna Gray Lawson (1807-1877), Tennessee and Arkansas Pioneers

Maxwell Lawson (perhaps christened as John Maxwell Lawson) was born in 1802 in Tennessee, but who exactly his parents were is unclear. Maxwell married Anna Gray in 1820, but what her ancestry was (besides her parents) is overall unclear. Maxwell … Continue reading

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