David J. Davis

About David J. Davis

David J. Davis is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Masters in Liberal Arts program at Houston Baptist University.

“Big Wonderful Thing”: A History of Texas

By |2021-03-01T17:04:41-06:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: Books, History, Imagination, Texas|

In “Big Wonderful Thing: A Texas History,” Stephen Harrigan explores the “poignantly unguarded self-love” and the “fierce national personality” that oozes from Texans. He is unapologetic in his praise for and fascination with the state. “Big Wonderful Thing,” however, is not a tribute piece; instead, Mr. Harrigan’s history carefully holds in tension the grandeur and [...]

Adam Smith: Imaginative Communitarian

By |2020-06-04T18:43:46-05:00June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Adam Smith, Featured, Morality, Philosophy|

Adam Smith is too often positioned as the godfather of “unfettered markets, libertarian governments, interactions solely for the purpose of satisfaction, and atomistic cosmopolitanism.” What has been lost is Smith’s “clarion call for personal relationships” as the basis for human society. Legend has it that at the age of four, Adam Smith was kidnapped from [...]

Practicing Tolerance: A Reconsideration for Our Day

By |2019-11-19T17:26:20-06:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: Charity, Christendom, Christianity, Ideology|

It is easy to forget that tolerance was not original to the Enlightenment. After all, this is the narrative handed to us by most scholars and pundits.  We forget that during the Reformation entire regions and cities like Alsace, Ravensburg, Lausanne, and Augsburg developed types of bi-confessionalism, where different confessions shared civic power and public [...]

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