Category Archives: History and Philosophy

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

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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Anglicans on the Frontier

ANGLICANS ON THE FRONTIER:  THE GREAT COMMISSION AND THE EXPLORATION AND COLONIZATION OF NORTH AMERICA[1] Russell M. Lawson Captain John Smith was arguably the greatest of the English explorers, discoverers, and colonists of America. He was as well the first … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Psalms

My new Kindle ebook, God is Love: Reflections on the Psalms, is the product of years of reflection on the 150 Psalms of the Old Testament. The book is an ecumenical, spiritual, meditative, historical reflection on the Psalms of David. … Continue reading

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Whither is Good Government? Reflections on Psalm 45

My tongue is a pen of a quick writer . . . The Psalmist takes to honorific writing to praise the king, the anointed of God. God indeed anoints. And God’s will is known throughout the world. The Apostle Paul … Continue reading

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Democracy

            The idea of democracy, like the idea of capitalism, promises much, though the reality always falls short. The promise is of wide participation in government, free and open competition among diverse groups, self-determination. Democracy offers the vision of individuals … Continue reading

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