I end my video series to Christians on American government. This video covers Constitutional hermeneutics, and it includes a rather lengthy series conclusion. A book containing a transcript of the video series as well as over two hundred footnotes that document and deepen the videos’ content is sold here.
Lincoln’s notion of what he called “political religion” began as adherence to law. After Douglas’s Kansas-Nebraska Act, though, Lincoln’s political religion developed into a system of three American covenants whose interrelations parallel the interrelationships described in the books of Galatians and Hebrews among three biblical covenants.
I wrote my first letter to the editor before I was ten, and I’ve been writing them about every ten years since. Here’s my latest. The Washington Post column I was responding to seems to be no longer on the paper’s web site or anywhere else on the Internet, for that matter. Like my previous letters, […]
And that’s the logical flaw in American exceptionalism. We can’t be both an example and an exception. How can we say, with Hamilton and Lincoln, “You can be like us,” while we also say, “We are exceptional – we are an exception”? Do we believe with Stephen Douglas that certain nations or certain regions of the world need our political oversight and even the exercise of our military power to establish liberal institutions and republican government? Do we see some other nations as, in Hamilton’s words, “forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force” – destined to depend, perhaps, on our own force?