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April 13 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Sun Apr 13 2014, 17:23:00

"if there is once a will in the people of America to abolish slavery, there is no word, no syllable in the Constitution to forbid that result" - Frederick Douglass

In a 1860 speech in Glasgow Frederick Douglass writes on the Constitution of the United States: 'Its language is "we the people;" not we the white people, not even we the citizens, not we the privileged class, not we the high, not we the low, but we the people'. The opinion that the Constitution of the United States is fundamentally anti-slavery is reflected in the 1860 Republican Platform, put together two months later, which declares: "That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, "That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their ...

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April 11 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Fri Apr 11 2014, 05:24:00

Recently it occurred to me that Abraham Kuyper's stone lectures at Princeton are just a picture in a bigger narrative. The narrative of his 1898 US tour. At first I was attracted to the idea that this trip to the US was part of a premeditated campaign strategy. The reports on this trip, Varia Americana, in his newspaper De Standaard certainly helped him in the years leading up to the 1901 election victory. And the visits to the Dutch in the American diaspora no doubt helped as well.

But I would want to go one step further. This trip to the US should be placed in the overriding framework of Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics as discussed in a previous post: Grace Restores Nature. It's this redemptive historic framework that helped keep the diverse family of Dutch reformed together in the years ...

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April 6 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Sun Apr 6 2014, 15:54:00

Michael Gerson stated recently in the context of Obama's visit to the Pope:

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April 1 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Tue Apr 1 2014, 15:29:00

In Skrabec's interesting book 'William McGuffey: Mentor to American Industry' we read:

'Western Pennsylvania today remains the best linguist legacy of the Scots-Irish with strong accent of the population and the unique vocabulary, such as hollows, burghs, and runs. The accent of Western Pennsylvania combines the burr of the Scots with the brogue of the Irish and adds the gutturals of Germany.'How does Benjamin Parham Aydelott fit into the picture Skrabec draws of the College of teachers?

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March 22 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Sat Mar 22 2014, 07:42:00

In his speech at Berkeley Rand Paul quoted his independent colleague from Vermont and linked the debate on NSA to the burning of bibles in 16th century England. Both signal that he is not just a 'libertarian' but is aiming to emphasize his links to the abolitionist movement, Thaddeus Stevens was from Vermont, and the roots of the Whig struggle in Britain that eventually led to the glorious revolution in 1688. That, as Ruth Marcus writes in the WaPo, is the reason 'Rand Paul is the most intriguing -- and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening -- figure in today's Republican Party'. Vincent Harris, a veteran GOP digital strategist (Mike Huckabee's campaign in 2008) who counts Texas Sen. Ted Cruz among his current clients recently said: "He is the default leader on privacy in the ...

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March 4 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Tue Mar 4 2014, 05:05:00

Bavinck's statement on the equality of man and woman in book four of the Reformed Dogmatics, ''so that life in the household & extended family is restored to honor, the woman again viewed as the equal of the man', is a beautiful illustration of Bavinck's interpretative key 'grace restores nature'.

It gives insight into how Kuyper and Bavinck's organicism undermines both Scottish common sense realism and German idealism by providing a bridge between the two.

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February 28 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Fri Feb 28 2014, 18:12:00

In october Tracy Kuperus wrote on Abraham Kuyper's inheritance: 'Some might argue that Kuyper's philosophical and theological contributions to our understanding of politics are esoteric or outdated. Some of them are questionable (for example, his borrowing liberally from organicist philosophy to undergird sphere sovereignty), but much of his work extends a Reformed understanding of politics that, to my mind, contributes positively to discussions about the role of politics in society'. Jeremy George Augustus Ive writes 'in working out what 'sphere sovereignty' actually means, Kuyper is still deeply influenced by 19th century currents of thought, namely historicism and organicism'.

I personally don't believe it to be possible to understand either Kuyper or Bavinck outside of this ...

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February 19 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Wed Feb 19 2014, 02:56:00

The question wether conservatism is compatible with the ideas of the founders of the Republic is directly related to presbyterian theology is my contention. Anthony Bradley tweeted recently

Cornel West/Robbie George attacked by the most arrogant student ever, then rightly slammed. @ -37mins. #Swarthmore ...

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February 9 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Sun Feb 9 2014, 18:32:00

"good classical education (is) essential to a full development of the human mind and to that discipline of its powers." - John Finley CroweKentucky Presbyterians played a central role in the efforts to use local, regional and national Church governing bodies to implement steps that would put slavery on the road to extinction. Central among these Kentucky Presbyterians was Reverend James Blyth President of Transylvania University in Lexington and later President of the seminary in Hannover (see also article by Andrew Lee Feight).

By 1835 the Presbyterian Church in the US harbored six theological seminaries: Princeton in New Jersey, Auburn in New York State, Western in Pennsylvania, Lane in Ohio, Columbia in South Carolina and the school founded in Indiana which later moved to Chicago.

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February 7 2014

From ::Colored Opinions:: Fri Feb 7 2014, 07:46:00

In stark contrast to many contemporary American conservatives today, Samuel Davies did not single out Islam but said that the gospel:

'shall triumph over heathenism, Mahometism, Judaism, popery, and all those dangerous errors that have infected the Christian church'Contemporary American 'conservatives' would probably not like to hear these words from Gilbert Tennet(1758) either:

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