Category Archives: History

Our “Unprecedented” Situation

As this post is being written and published the 2016 American presidential election is now more than two weeks past, and much to the chagrin of seemingly everyone the drama, division, and discontent that permeated the campaign have not diminished … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and while I am unable to devote the time to books that I would like during the academic year (at least, to books beyond my immediate academic area), summers are a time when … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Book Reviews, C.S. Lewis, Christian Worldview, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Providence, Society, Theology, Truth, Virtue

Statism and Libertarianism Both Fail…and for the Same Reason

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Economics, Education, History, News and Commentary, Political Systems, Politics, Practical Christianity, Reading and Study, The Future, Theology

“From the Vault:” A Paper on Beethoven’s Use of Trombones in the Fifth Symphony

This week’s post is a paper that I wrote twelve years ago for a seminar on Beethoven I took during doctoral school. As a graduate student my practice when taking musicology courses was to whenever possible choose research topics that … Continue reading

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Fourteen New Year’s Ruminations for 2014

In the nearly eighteen months that I have been “blogging” I have already discovered that an occasional break from my weekly writing schedule is necessary and helpful. Indeed, this post comes in the middle of a “scheduled but unannounced” hiatus … Continue reading

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November 22: Three Important Deaths and One Happy Life

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), an event rightly remembered with a certain solemnity by the American people. Sadly, that tragic event and the various speculations which still surround it can cause … Continue reading

Posted in Adoption, Aldous Huxley, Apologetics, C.S. Lewis, Doctrine, Evangelism, History, John F. Kennedy, Politics, Practical Christianity, Providence, The Future, Theology

Book Review: Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Redemption by Shane E. Kastler

Kastler, Shane E. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Redemption. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 2010. Hardcover, 176pp. During a recent visit with my wife to Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, I noticed this little book while sipping coffee and perusing the shelves. … Continue reading

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