Category Archives: Novus Ordo Seclorum

What World War I Did to U.s.

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H. L. Mencken had his moments: The old theory of a federation of free and autonomous states has broken down by its own weight, and we are moved toward centralization by forces that have long been powerful and are now quite irresistible. So with the old theory of national isolation: it, too, has fallen to… Read More→

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Christian Homeland

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Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again, a book that I once started but could not finish even after visiting the Wolfe home in Asheville, NC. If Christians could go home again, where would it be? The Garden of Eden? The sword-wielding angels guarding the place would make that difficult. Judah? Adding Protestant Christian… Read More→

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The Republication-2K Connection

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One of the authors cited in Merit and Moses is Patrick Ramsey, who defended Moses in the Westminster Theological Journal and included in his defense the following point about the value of the law (third use) according to the Confession of Faith (19.6): According to this section of the Confession, the curses (“threatenings”) of the… Read More→

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Less American Than Thou

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Thanks go to Tommie Kidd for actually recognizing that confessional Protestantism may be a category distinct from evangelicalism (all about me alert): The second group are Reformed/confessionalist Christians, often associated with traditional Presbyterian or Reformed denominations such as the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. This is the easiest category of the four, because many of these Christians… Read More→

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Beware Where Anti-Dualism Takes You

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It is of some interest to see the ties between the heavy hand of BBist transformationalism and the more palatable forms among progressive neo-Calvinists. Pinch hitting for Tim and David, Craig French may stretch to the breaking point the BBs opposition to 2k and its affirmation of the spirituality of the church: Whatever we do… Read More→

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Sense and More Sense

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This may explain the appeal of the English, especially when they can see through the bombast of American exceptionalism under the cover of religious zeal: Much as we all admire the United States and have great affection for many of its citizens, I rather feel your post of July 4th. showed up one of the… Read More→

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Mr. Jefferson and Gubmint

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Since I am doing a lot of reading of Mencken these days, I was curious to see what the bad boy of Baltimore had to say about the Declaration of Independence and its author. The following excerpt from his review of Albert Jay Nock’s, Jefferson (1926) seems as apt these days as when Nock and… Read More→

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A July 4th Homily

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The Foreign Policy Research Institute rolls out this piece by Walter McDougall every year on the nation’s “High Holy Day” and it is worthy of repeated consideration. Here is the introduction: The spiritual qualities of public rhetoric in American politics, courtrooms, churches, schools, and patriotic fetes used to be so pervasive, familiar, and unobjectionable that… Read More→

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Legalism, Ecclesiastical and Political

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You may disagree with H. L. Mencken, but he sure could spot a major weakness when the pursuit and prosecution of vice goes from the duties of pastors and elders to magistrates and reformers: Moral endeavour, in brief, has become a recognized trade, or rather a profession, and there have appeared men who pretend to… Read More→

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