By Dave Dentel
In the past three hundred years, the kind of slavery that permits one human being to own another has gone from near universal acceptance to being all but eradicated.
Scholar David Brion Davis attempts to explain why this momentous transformation occurred in his dense and highly academic tome,
. Slavery and Human Progress
Davis’s work is not so much a history of slavery and how it came to be (mostly) abolished as it is a recounting of what people have thought and said about the institution.
By Dave Dentel
Of all the things one could claim about America’s Founding Fathers, among the least controversial is to assert that their bold experiment in democracy also brought about expanded civil liberties—most notably for religious freedom.
But what inspired this achievement? More to the point, just what sort of personal faith did these men adhere to, and how did it affect them?
Man has been rebelling against God since well before the law was given on Mount Sinai, depicted here by Dore.
Godless despotism reached its apotheosis in the 20
th century, killing millions and wreaking destruction on a scale unequaled in human history.
These crimes no doubt did much to taint the flavor of atheism associated with this murderous movement and the particular political forms in which it was manifested: fascism and communism.
Jesus music without Jesus—the acclaimed 1975 album from a notorious cult.
Starving Irish beg for aid during the 19th century potato famine.
Civil strife has been blamed on Christians since the days of Rome.
Christians with mouths agape at being made to share the guilt for the recent massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida would do well to consult history.
Some of my co-workers abandon office comforts
in order to wait for a spot to a Supreme Court case.
Even now, several of my officemates are camped outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in hopes of getting seats to tomorrow’s arguments in the latest Obamacare religious liberty appeal.
In their haste to denounce Indiana’s religious freedom law (before it was revised) as a license to discriminate, critics not only threatened a treasured American principle, they lost sight of a fundamental truth about human nature.
To paraphrase the insurance commercial: People discriminate. It’s what they do.
Nothing about this is funny.
Not counting the perpetrators, some 16 French citizens lie dead, including several singled out and executed presumably in revenge for offending Islam.
Golden-throated crooners may tell us it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but informed Christians know better: The approach of Christmas also means the emergence of anti-yuletide cranks.