American exceptionalism is the notion that America is special among the nations. This notion has deep theological roots, tracing at least as a far back as John Withrop’s famous “A Model of Christian Charity” sermon in 1630 during which he cast a vision for his fellow Massachusetts Bay colonists to embrace their role in establishing a “city upon a hill” – an image taken directly from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14).
Recently British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in defense of an official letter to British Muslim leaders following the attacks in Paris. In the letter, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles urged Muslim leaders “to show our young people, who may be targeted, that extremists have nothing to offer them.” Toward the middle of the letter he…Continue reading American Values Are Not Necessarily Christian Values
Over the last 15 or so years I have enjoyed restoring two military jeeps—a 1944 GPW that has been in our family since 1967 and a 1942 MB which I bought in 2003. My students and colleagues sometimes ask, “Why do you restore jeeps?” They are often surprised that a professor would love working on…Continue reading Why I Restore Jeeps