The Erie Canal turned 200 years old on July 4th. Construction for the canal began on July 4th, 1817. In addition to serving as an effective means of transportation and commerce, it aided the spread of religious movements—not all of them good.
President Kennedy faced criticism and supspicion about his Catholic faith when he ran for the presidency. In a speech to Protestant ministers, JFK warned that if prejudice towards Catholics was tolerated it would lead to an undermining of religious freedom for other groups. “For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed,” Kennedy said, “in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew— or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist.”
This last week the Southern Baptist Convention created a media storm over confusion regarding a resolution renouncing the white supremacy of the alt right movement. For those of you who don’t know too much about how the SBC works, the convention publishes a list of resolutions every year. These are items of concern the SBC wants to communicate to the broader culture.
Hello, my name is Dan DeWitt. I'm a sketching, writing, thinking, coffee drinking, Christian, husband, father, professor. I lead the Center for Biblical Apologetics & Public Christianity at Cedarville University.