I have read The Light and the Glory. There is no question that it represents a thoroughly Evangelical Christian bias in the interpretation of American History. Does
I will have to disagree wholeheartedly with the Dr. Shelli James Baker in the video, who quotes John 14:1 as proof of God's Divine intervention in preparing a place for the Pilgrims. She has blatantly misinterpreted this scripture. It is clear, from the context that this "place" that Jesus is referring to is Heaven and definitely NOT a prophecy of some future
Having said that, many more of the Providential claims, including the place Squanto played in this drama are matters of faith rather than being provable by empirical data but I can allow those that are not a direct misinterpretation of a biblical source. Some may disagree, but it cannot be proven one way or another anymore than the existence of God. This does not mean that God does not exist, nor that these providential claims are not valid. However, concrete proof will not be known in anything other than the heart of faith until or unless God reveals his own plan and purpose to the faithful and the faithless alike.
I also disagree with
While there is no doubt that the Great Awakening had one of its greatest champions in the person of a Puritan son named Jonathon Edwards, it was by no means set aflame by “Puritan” theology. The Evangelical nature of the Great Awakening did much to encourage more individual thought and was a further work of “Reformation” in Protestant Theology. It was also another blow to “Establishment Religion” in that it curtailed the influence and authority of “State Religion” in favor of a more personal relationship with God. This helped to usher in a sense of political independence and the further social “permission” to rebel against established authority. It was NOT a specific product of those Pilgrims or the Puritans of New England.
I would also like to visit the subject of the origin of the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no doubt that there was a Thanksgiving tradition that could trace its roots to the Pilgrim Thanksgiving feast in 1621. However, the Thanksgiving Holiday was not an annual event in America until after the Civil War and after a barrage of letter writing begun and encouraged by a very brave single mother, Sarah Jessica Hale from, yes, New England, to President Abraham Lincoln. It is also recorded historical fact that Thanksgiving days (generic) were not peculiar to
An excellent assessment of "The Light and the Glory."
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