It’s the result of an elegant compromise between state and national interests

Howard Chandler Christy’s Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States

61% of Americans favor abolishing the Electoral College. Only 28% of Americans, however, have actually read the Constitution that created it. Fewer still understand why the Framers established it at all. Yet, many today rage against this allegedly anachronistic and unfair method of electing our president.

To understand the importance of the Electoral College, one must first understand the historical context in which the Constitutional Convention occurred. First — and this is absolutely critical — when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1776, each colony became an independent country. …


Answers to life’s fundamental questions found in Israel’s history

Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds, Govert Flinck, 1639

Abraham

We have just been discussing the Garden of Eden, but we have got to skip ahead in the story now or this book will quickly turn into a ten-volume set. We will now move thousands of years into the future to the early second millennium B.C., to the city of Haran. It is here that Abram of Mesopotamia is called to take his wife and migrate to what we now call Palestine:

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I…


How personal tragedy gave birth to a great American novel

American Red Cross (ARC) nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky, and ARC volunteer, Ernest Hemingway in Milan, Italy. (Ernest Hemingway Collection | John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

It was cold and they were lying in a ditch trying hard not to be spotted by the Austro-Hungarian forces in the pale moonlight. Between the blinding lights of the star shells, three Italians and a lone American were attempting to gather intelligence on the enemy lines ahead. But being in no-mans-land was a dangerous proposition in 1918. Suddenly, an explosion rocked the ditch. Shrapnel tore two of the Italians to pieces, splattering remnants of their bodies all over the two left alive. The American, realizing his remaining Italian comrade was seriously wounded, hauled him on his back and ran…


Your revulsion to suffering is actually evidence for God

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Thomas Cole, 1828

We have now arrived at the culminating section of this book. I began this endeavor by promising answers to life’s fundamental questions:

  1. Origin: where did I come from?
  2. Meaning: why am I here on this earth — does my life matter?
  3. Wholeness: how can I feel peace, joy, and completeness amidst suffering?
  4. Hope: Will things get better here on earth? What happens when I die?

But we haven’t really discussed much about any of that for the last fourteen chapters. I had to bring you to a place where you could (at least) see there was actually good evidence supporting…


The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (Caravaggio)

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14, ESV).

- Paul

As the Apostle Paul states in the above quotation, the veracity of the Christian faith hinges upon the resurrection of Christ. If the resurrection of Christ did not happen, it would be foolish to be a Christian. In this chapter, we will therefore focus on that very question: did Christ really rise from the dead? If Christ did rise from the dead we have powerful evidence that he was (is?) …


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Willa Cather’s My Ántonia provides teachers with an incredible opportunity to discuss suicide prevention in the high school classroom.

If you haven’t read this text in a while, let me catch you up. This beautifully crafted novel recounts the adventures of Jim Burden and Ántonia Shimerda as their families slug it out as pioneers on the plains of Nebraska in the late 19th Century. Jim is living with his grandparents on an established farm after the death of his parents. Ántonia and her family are Bohemian immigrants who live on a struggling adjacent farm. …


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We have already established that Christ was not a legend. We have likewise established that he was not delusional. Perhaps, however, he was a liar.

If Christ was a liar, he somehow was a liar who left us with the most profound moral teachings in human history. Even the philosopher John Stuart Mill, an agnostic and critic of Christianity wrote:

“But about the life and sayings of Jesus there is a stamp of personal originality combined with profundity of insight…in the very first rank of men of sublime genius of whom our species can boast. When this pre-eminent genius is…


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I hope I have established for the reader that, whatever one believes concerning Jesus of Nazareth, one should not believe he was a legend. This man lived in Palestine in the early first century, he claimed divinity, and we have reliable accounts of his life and teachings in the New Testament — and all of that is backed up by atheistic or agnostic scholarship of the highest caliber. Let us then transition to another question: was Christ a lunatic?

Many have claimed Jesus was mentally ill over the past few hundred years. But I will contend that it is impossible…


The Transfiguration by Raphael, c. 1520.

You will remember we are on a quest to determine if Christ was legendary, delusional, a liar, or the Lord. We are still in the first phase of this inquiry. We have already established the historicity of Christ, the textual integrity of the New Testament (NT), and how the NT canon was formed. Let us now turn to the following question: did Christ claim to be God?

The standard answer to this question heard in secular America is a resounding “no!” This position was summarized by Robert Strayer in the A.P. …


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Why Was the New Testament Written?

The twenty-seven books of the New Testament began as twenty-seven separate letters and accounts that were eventually gathered together and declared the canon of the Church. The purpose behind most of these books is clear enough. Luke, for example, begins his Gospel as such:

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some…

Bryan T. Baker

AP US History and Government Teacher/Former Army Intel Officer/MA in International Security/Bylines at RealClear Defense, Small Wars Journal, and others.

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