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Best Reads: Thanksgiving Reflection on the Puritans

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Nov 22, 2012 6:57 PM
The majority of the Founders, devout Christians themselves, abhorred the exceses of the Enlightenment and viewed most of the Enlightenment philosophes with suspicion. The Founding of America owes more to the Reformation than it does to the Enlightenment.
Dreadnaught011 Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 5:01 PM

More b u l l s h it. The "reformation" was likely the most sinful historical event since Herod's slaughter of the innocents of Bethlehem.

The crucifixion does not rank as a human event, or it would be the unholiest. Jesus laid down His life; no one could take it away from Him.

fugawi Wrote: Nov 23, 2012 12:15 AM
I forgot Vatel who famously defined a "natural born citizen". No wonder libs hate history.
fugawi Wrote: Nov 22, 2012 11:57 PM
Also, the Magna Carta, Locke, Hobbs, the English Bill of Rights, the French Declaration on the Rights of Man and Citizen, the laws of Alfred the Great in 872 A.D, and Madison's brain.

Among the myriad Thanksgiving-themed reads out there today, the best comes from Lori Borgman at "Thanksgiving is Spelled C-H-A-R-A-C-T-E-R." She reflects on the oft-maligned Pilgrims, and the spirit of gratefulness and courage that they exhibited when trying to settle in America. Here's an excerpt, but it's worth reading the whole thing, and considering that "Thanksgiving is a habit of the heart."

The Puritans, despite pummeling by untrue stereotypes, were a most remarkable group of people. The fortitude and resilience they displayed were heroic. They knew hardship both in the old world and in the new. The...