Category: History/Church History

The Sustainability of a Purely Evangelical Identity

Yesterday I got coffee with a friend and our conversation eventually turned to the topic of modern American evangelical identity. My friend voiced frustrations with the arbitrary nature of evangelicalism’s identity with church history. For the most part, evangelicals do...

/ June 10, 2010

Were the Church Fathers Pacficists?

If you ask noted pacifist John Howard Yoder, the answer is unequivocally “yes.”  Writes Yoder: The answer of the pre-Constantinian church was negative; the Christian as an agent of God for reconciliation has other things to do than to be...

/ April 21, 2010

Fear and Greatness: Why American Citizens Should Worry That the Terror of Terrorism Has Such Little Effect on the Behaviors and Beliefs of Men

Every generation struggles towards a certain self-understanding as its members move from immaturity to adulthood and walk through the trials of growing, thinking, discovering, and confronting responsibility.  This path of maturation cannot be trod by a substitute, nor can it...

/ March 10, 2010

Brief Reflections on Roman History

“Use dragons to keep wolves under control, and you eventually have to reward them. And then, they do what they want.” That’s the inherent danger of taking the route of the ‘lesser evil.’  We start with the presumption that it...

/ February 16, 2010