“The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630)

“The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630) Topic: New England is a great place to put an English colony & grow our religion We’ve had good contact with the native. There’s good soil, fishing & fur. Before our rift with Spain, we sent 40-50 a year just for fishing. Now the discovery of Newfoundland is… Read more “The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630)

“Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 9-12

VIII. The Fundamentals Of The Christian Religion 556 – Christianity looks to establish a great religion For this, man need it to explain his nature & that of the world around him Many revile it because they don’t understand it God is great, powerful & eternal but removed from Man – Deism Christianity relies on… Read more “Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 9-12

“Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 6-7

VI. The Philosophers 374 – What surprises me is that people aren’t surprised by their own weakness They are so serious & they follow their life’s path out of certainty of what reason & justice are They’re constantly deceived & they think it’s their own fault Many people glorify skeptics [which they ought to be… Read more “Pensées” by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) Selections from Parts 6-7

“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 16 by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 16 by Edward Gibbon The Conduct of the Roman Government Towards the Christians From the Reign of Nero to that of Constantine Christianity persecuted by the Roman Emperors – We don’t know why non-believers were so anti-Christian. But in the 80 years after Jesus’s death disciples… Read more “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 16 by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

Chapter 15 of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

  The progress of Christian religion and the sentiments, manners, numbers and conditions of the primitive Christians Christianity is an essential part of Roman history because of its infiltration into Roman politics and power. Difficulties in inquiry Scanty and suspicious documents of church history make study of facts difficult. Must reveal imperfections of church history… Read more Chapter 15 of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

“Confessions” Books I-VIII by Augustine (397 AD)

“Confessions” by Augustine Book I I. [Addressed to God] You should be praised because of your infinite power and wisdom. Man is so little, sinful and proud. But at least we have the ability to look to you. You made us but you made our hearts restless. Should I call on you first or praise… Read more “Confessions” Books I-VIII by Augustine (397 AD)