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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Opus 2012-238, Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, A Knowledge of History

The first words of the Declaration of Independence remind us that our nation was established with a consideration for the known history of mankind.  The Declaration begins,
“When in the Course of human Events,...”
One of the most frustrating questions I get from middle school students is, “Why do we have to study history?”  Usually it is not offered as a serious query about the value of knowing the past.  Usually it is whining because they have been asked to work and are looking for excuses to avoid turning on their brain. 

There are many answers.  All of them demand a willingness to listen and think.  Our founders felt that a knowledge of history gave people the foundation of knowledge to make intelligent, informed decisions.  If you go to a doctor and he prescribes medication without finding out your history, find another doctor.  If you marry someone without knowing their history, start setting money aside for a divorce lawyer.  If you elect a president and ignore his history you end up with empty hope and destructive change.

So one of our foundations is an awareness of the past.  What has worked and why.  What has not worked and why. 

Or republic depends on an informed electorate.  That is one reason that the Progressives in control of education do not emphasize history and are so set on dumbing down the curriculum.

homo unius libri

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Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.