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The more I see from this guy, the more I like him. Over the weekend, he gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Dickinson College. I like much of what he had to say: “The founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but…

A Fake Jefferson Quote

I’m finding it rather amusing that so many blogs, particularly of the conservative variety, are making a huge deal out of Mark Steyn’s article in the Chicago Sun-Times about a fake Jefferson quote. The quote, which we’ve all heard attributed to Jefferson repeatedly, goes like this: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Steyn makes…

Rowe on Adams and Unitarianism

Jon Rowe has been having an exchange on the WorldMag blog with a guy named Joel Mark on the subject of unitarianism and some of the leading founding fathers. In particular, he has argued that John Adams was a Unitarian who rejected the trinity, the divinity of Jesus and the notion of hell and the…

The Coach Teaches History

Jon Rowe has a post linking to this article by Dave Daubenmire, a guy whose sole credentials are that he once coached high school football. Now, I remember taking classes from the coaches in high school. I remember having to explain econometric formulas to the baseball coach who taught economics, one of the two required…

Farah’s Latest Lunacy

Joseph Farah, grand poobah of the Worldnutdaily, is once again peddling the “evolution leads to Hitler” nonsense. I know this has all been said before, but let’s say it all again just to make sure no one misses it. Farah is making a big deal out of an article that shows that German archaeologists, no…

Jon Rowe has another post up about the Founding Fathers and theistic rationalism, a subject on which he and I have both written a good deal. It includes a long quote from Gregg Frazer, a historian who did his dissertation on that subject and is the man who invented the term as a description of…

Kagan on Straussianism

Robert Kagan, co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, has a fascinating article in the Weekly Standard called I am Not a Straussian. Jon Rowe cited it at Positive Liberty and I had to read it. It’s quite amusing to read, but I think he has a serious point to make about how…

Kuznicki on Whig History and Amar

Jason Kuznicki reminds us yet again why he is one of the clearest thinkers and best writers in the blogosphere with this post using Akhil Amar’s book as a jumping off point to discuss Whiggism vs cynicism in historical analysis, particularly as it concerns the U.S. Constitution.

The Importance of Islamic Modernism

A potentially important meeting took place last month in Mecca, a meeting involving the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a group of leaders from 57 predominately Muslim nations. It was important because it was the largest and most important gathering of Muslim leaders to unequivocally condemn terrorism and extremism, and to call for an Islamic…

Claybourn on Martin Luther King

Josh Claybourn has a post up about today being Martin Luther King day. I am very much like him in that I cannot listen to King’s “I Have A Dream” speech without getting goosebumps. It is one of the most inspirational speeches you will ever hear (for a realvideo clip, click here), made more so…