Category Archives: History

History

In answer to the question, why study history: “The world seemed an odd place, and I wondered how it got that way.” — Attributed to R.H. Tawney, historian If you’ve ever wondered about the value of history, you’ve doubtless heard … Continue reading

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God and the Founding Fathers

Many well-meaning people argue that the United States was founded by Christian men as a Christian nation. Undoubtedly, many of the founders were Christians. But some of the most well-known of the founders were demonstrably not. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, … Continue reading

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Cuneiform

A few years ago my wife and I took a vacation to visit some friends living in the Seattle area. On our way up we stopped at various tourist attractions. In San Jose, we visited the Winchester Mystery House, built … Continue reading

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Titanic

When the traditional day for our taxes being due arrived last year, some of us remembered the 100th anniversary of another disaster: the sinking of the Titanic on a dark and cold night. Somewhere in the North Atlantic in that … Continue reading

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Pilgrims

In remembering the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, from whom we derive the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving each November here in America, we have mostly images derived from our grade school plays, cartoons on television, and similar sorts of legends. Rarely … Continue reading

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Why History Matters

An old friend and I got together one afternoon to drink coffee and catch up; since she had moved to Colorado, it had been a few months since we had seen each other. As she picked up her cup, she … Continue reading

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August 1914

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s historical novel August 1914 recounts the beginnings of of the USSR. The novel centers on the disastrous loss in the Battle of Tannenberg in August 1914, and the ineptitude of the military leadership of Czarist Russia, and how … Continue reading

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is one of my favorite authors. But most Americans today won’t recognize his name. He died August 3, 2008. He was 89 years old. He had been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, an award he … Continue reading

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The Name of God

God’s name is singular: he only has one: Yahweh. All the other words are designations or descriptions, like referring to myself as “theologian” or “author” or “annoying.” But neither of those is my name. Some people have nick names. And … Continue reading

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Three Blind Mice

One day when my middle daughter and I were sitting and waiting in her pediatrician’s office, she noticed a painting on the wall of a children’s nursery rhyme. And we wondered who had written it, what it might be about, … Continue reading

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