Why the 1st Great Awakening?

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?

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Introduction: The Enlightenment vs. The 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

Symbolism in Art: More than a Glance

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

American Exceptionalism

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