Is/Was America A Christian Nation?

  Was the United States of America founded as a Christian nation? If so, are we still one today? Those are two good questions. First of all, “America” had been settled by European colonists almost two centuries before the U.S. Constitution was ratified. What America are we talking about being Christian, the people of the … Continue reading Is/Was America A Christian Nation?

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In Memoriam: John Heinrich “Henry” Shively (1759-1842)

  For this 4th of July, I would like to put up a brief tribute to my 4th great grandfather John Heinrich “Henry” Shively, who served in the Revolutionary War. The 4th of July is Independence Day after all, the celebration of an independence declared in a hall by men dressed in finery, but won … Continue reading In Memoriam: John Heinrich “Henry” Shively (1759-1842)

Rethinking the Christian Agrarian Movement

Let us consider the Christian Agrarian movement and the concept of agrarian community. Those who have been reading me for awhile will be familiar with agrarian author Michael Bunker. I still agree with the call to agrarianism expressed in his book Surviving Off Off-Grid, though I am saddened by the direction he has taken with … Continue reading Rethinking the Christian Agrarian Movement

Book Review: Fitzhugh’s “Cannibals All!”

  Today I would like to review George Fitzhugh’s classic 1856 work Cannibals All! or, Slaves Without Masters. My copy is a 1988 paperback reprint by The Belknap Press of Harvard University, with a (1959 dated) left wing introduction by C. Vann Woodward, and is 261 pages long. Harvard only reprinted this book because they wished … Continue reading Book Review: Fitzhugh’s “Cannibals All!”