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Investigations into historical persons, events, and movements, and current analysis of defining Western and American cultural characteristics.

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History & Culture

Thanksgiving Reflection 2017

At daybreak on the morning of November 9, 1620, the sea-weary and anxious souls aboard the Dutch vessel Mayflower beheld the pristine coast of Cape Cod off New England. As their leader William Bradford recounted, the passengers were “not a little joyful” and were “much comforted…[by] seeing so goodly a land,…

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History & Culture

“Shut Up, Bigot! Civil Rights and Same-Sex Marriage” – Explained and Defended

Following up on my Public Discourse essay from last August (“Shut Up, Bigot! The Intolerance of Tolerance”), I have written a second essay that addresses the central objection I encountered to my original piece. The main objection was that tolerance for traditional views of human sexuality and marriage (i.e., opposite-sex relations that…

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History & Culture

The Problem with Phobia Mania

Recently I read an article by Chris Gehrz called, “Evangelical Islamophobia.” Although the topic is quite fascinating, I am not favorable toward the author’s perspective. There are a number of drawbacks that require more careful thinking on this topic. The Nature of “Phobias” A trending movement these days is to attach…

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First Things Student Essay Contest 2015

Earlier this year, the journal First Things, a prominent publication on American religion and public life, held its first student essay contest for all college and graduate-level students. Contestants had three prompts to choose from, focused around essays and material the journal had covered in 2014-15. I became aware of the contest…

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