Topic: Modern Age

The Divinity School Address

February 8, 2017
On July 15, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave the commencement address at Harvard Divinity School. The address has come to be seen as a significant essay, both in American literature and American history, and is simply known as the "Divinity School Address." Emerson begins by setting the stage: "In

Feathery Christians

February 1, 2017
Have you ever heard of "feathery Christians"? It's a line from a book by Thomas Watson. Here's what Charles Haddon Spurgeon had to say about the book: "Thomas Watson's Body of Practical Divinity is one of the most precious of the peerless works of the Puritans and those best

The Enduring Problem

January 4, 2017
The twentieth-century theologian H. Richard Niebuhr once put his finger on what he called "the enduring problem." The phrase comes from his book Christ and Culture. He said, "A many-sided debate about the relations of Christianity and civilization is being carried on in our time." He uses the word "civilization"; we could also just say

Forgotten Founder: Cotton Mather

December 21, 2016
Cotton Mather is one of America's forgotten founding fathers. He was born to Increase and Maria (née Cotton) Mather in 1663. He was practically royalty in Puritan New England. His father was not only a minister in Boston, but also president of Harvard University for a time. And Increase's father, Richard, came to New England
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