Category Archives: History of Western Civilization

Constitutional Compromise

One of the fascinating realities of the American Constitution is that it is one of the most perfect examples of political compromise in all the history of Western democracy. Political conservatives speak of the Constitution as if it were a … Continue reading

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Capitalism in Our First Colony

Someone suggested to me this evening that the Jamestown Colony, established in 1607, struggled until they replaced the original socialism with capitalism. Ted Morgan in Wilderness at Dawn (Simon and Schuster, 1993) quotes Ralph Hamor to a similar effect: “When … Continue reading

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Jamestown and the Founding of the US

I watched a long video about the first few years of the Jamestown settlement, covering the years from 1607 until about 1620. On the main points of the video is that it is wrong to speak of the Pilgrims in … Continue reading

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First Amendment, Part 2

As we noted in Part 1, the Establishment Clause (i.e., “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”) was included in the Bill of Rights not primarily because of our Founding Fathers’ great vision for religious freedom but … Continue reading

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Historical Confluence in Western Civilization

    A few hundred yards from my home in Minnesota flows the Mississippi River.  It is said to be 2300 miles from its headwaters at Lake Itasca in north central Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. If we were to … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey

One of the Christmas gifts I received is the set of Downton Abbey DVDs. I am really delighted because I’ve found it to be an extraordinary series for a number of reasons. The storyline itself is interesting (more on that … Continue reading

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A Christian Liberal Education

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN LIBERAL EDUCATION?  One of the clearest and earliest calls to reinvigorate the idea of a liberal education has come from Francis Schaeffer, who began reminding us in the sixties that God is the Lord of all … Continue reading

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