Harmony and Order: Giving Thanks

By |2018-11-23T23:30:14-05:00November 21st, 2018|

In a season of disharmony, discord, distrust, and disorder, it is often painful to stop, to pause, and to give oneself distance enough to consider what must be recognized as good, and true, and beautiful, even in what seems a cesspool of existence. To give thanks, though, is not only necessary, it is salubrious! In [...]

Declarations, Compacts, and the American Constitutional Tradition

By |2018-11-14T18:14:19-05:00January 5th, 2014|

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–Declaration of Independence Having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of [...]

Mayflower Compact or Plymouth Combination?

By |2018-11-14T18:14:27-05:00January 23rd, 2013|

On the first day of our spring semester, at the little liberal arts college at which I teach, I have for the last fourteen years had the joy of watching forty freshmen respond to the complexities and depth of a seemingly simple document, that we call, the Mayflower Compact. It really should be rather straightforward: [...]