Everybody has a story. I have a story. You have a story. The harried lady at the grocery store has a story. Every story is influenced by philosophy. We often do not think of philosophy as the influencers of our stories. However, many philosophies and movements influenced the First Great Awakening. It only takes a single … Continue reading Why the 1st Great Awakening?
"When God gets ready to shake America, He may not take the Ph.D. and the D.D. God may choose a country boy … God may choose the man that no one knows, a little nobody, to shake America for Jesus Christ in this day, and I pray that He would!" (Billy Graham, 1949) Billy Graham’s … Continue reading Introduction: The Enlightenment vs. The Great Awakening
Born in Maaseik between 1380-1395, Jan van Eyck created 25 paintings, a surprisingly low number for a long career. All of them are dated between 1432 through 1439. He signed only ten of his works. He signed the the Ghent altarpiece, for example, with the date and a variation of his motto, ALS IK KAN … Continue reading Jan Van Eyck: The 1st of the Renaissance
Symbols are all around us. They cover our flags, our countries, our conversation, and our art. However, in the business of life, what symbols have we never noticed? The Arnolfini Wedding by Jan van Eyck and Saint Jerome in his Study by Albrecht Durer hide symbolism throughout the layers of paint. Three layers of the concept … Continue reading Symbolism in Art: More than a Glance
What is the Baroque period of the arts? You may have asked yourself this question at one point in your life. And here is the answer: the ba-roke period is what needs to be fixed! All kidding aside. The Baroque period of the arts took place in the 17th and 18th centuries. This period was … Continue reading Intro to Renaissance & Baroque Art
What would happen if a people group of around 10 million ceased to exist? In Colonial America Without the Indians: Counterfactual Reflections, James Axtell presents this exact scenario. I read this article with skepticism, but I found the research but thrilling and enlightening. The Native Americans during the formation of America are Axtell's victims of … Continue reading No Native Americans?
Exceptional beginnings for an exceptional country. In his book, American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History, Charles Murray stresses that America’s unique setting, ideology, civic culture, and politics made America exceptional, but he also points out this exceptionalism being eroded over time. Murray showed that America was born exceptional, completely different from the rest of the … Continue reading American Exceptionalism