While exploring Google videos I stumbled upon this "gem," which is sure to ignite some good discussion. The video is from Judith Irene Matta, who is a devout follower of the Holy Orthodox Church (Eastern Orthodox Church). She is also a member of Decent of the Holy Spirit in California, where her husband, the Reverend James Matta, heads up the Mission. In the video, Ms. Matta endeavors to explain the religious history of the United States -- particularly during its founding era -- and how American society spawned an entirely new group of "heresies."
Though Ms. Matta's history is choppy in parts, she does do a decent job of providing and overall chronology of events. Again, my purpose for posting this here is to hopefully instigate some discussion on the various topics raised in this video.
Here are a few of my random thoughts as I watched the video:
*Matta provides -- in my opinion -- a very unfair categorization of Jonathan Edwards. She seems to label him as nothing more than a fire & brimstone preacher, whose God was vindictive and out to get man. While there is some truth to this claim, I do not agree that Edwards preached nothing more than hell, fire and damnation
*No sense of community in colonial churches? Ms. Matta is dead wrong on this. Colonial churches were THE source for community in early America. I'm not sure how she is making this claim.
*Charles Finney initiating abolition by himself???
*Nice attack on the Mormons as being nothing more than an imitation of "demonic practices." She could use some fact-checking in this area.
*Strange attack on Andrew Carnegie as well. I don't know what to make of it.