Category Archives: History and Philosophy

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

The Night Before Christmas (A Rodent’s Tale)

I wrote the following whimsical, nutty poem many years ago when my two oldest sons were in elementary school. Every Christmas Eve my family reads this poem along with the traditional Night before Christmas and the Christmas story in the … Continue reading

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The Christian Environmentalist

The scientific/modern viewpoint about climate change is that humans can rationally decide to save the environment by implementlng bureaucratic scientific policies based on government programs. But if humans are at base animals they will continue in a survival of fittest, … Continue reading

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Legion: The Gerasene Demoniac

Fear filled him. Fear had attached itself to his very being. It was a presence, something a part of him, deep inside, usually hidden, absent from awareness. All creatures in each moment sense the Fear. Instinct usually takes over to … Continue reading

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The Largent and Amos Families of the American South

When in 1911 Claude Christopher Largent and Bessie Lura Amos were married, they brought to their union centuries of ancestral history that spanned the American South and Southeast, as well as early modern England and France. They descended from families … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Love of God

As the War for Independence drew to a close in 1783, leaving so much death and destruction in its wake, it gave pause to many thinkers of the time as to the role of God in such affairs: was God’s … Continue reading

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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

An utterance of extreme fear . . . The Psalmist begins his Psalm 32 in extreme fear. It overwhelms. It incapacitates. How has he come this far, only to be washed over, drowning, in fear. How many times have I … Continue reading

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The Force of Life

“Every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it its place in the world. Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, … Continue reading

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The City of God

According to Psalm 87 . . . His foundations are in the holy mountains . . . “Lord God of the High Places,” Abraham called the Lord. God dwells on high, which is a metaphor for any place that stands … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss and Racism

In 2017, an elementary school librarian in Massachusetts criticized a gift of Dr. Seuss books from then First Lady Melania Trump as being “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.” A school district in Virginia claimed that “Research in … Continue reading

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What Higher Education Administrators do not Understand about Budget Cuts and Furloughs

The poet Walt Whitman, visiting army hospitals along the Potomac River in 1862, came upon “a heap of amputated feet, legs, arms, hands, &c., a full load for a one-horse cart,” hospital waste of soldiers of the Army of the … Continue reading

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