Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584

Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584 Western discovery will allow the spread of English Protestantism The Spanish have been harassing our sailor & forcing them to renounce Protestantism in favor of Catholicism Exploration & colonization will give us access to all commodities of Europe, Africa & Asia to make us richer This will… Read more Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience (1644)

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience Wars of religion aren’t supported by Jesus Christ Scripture is often a pretext for persecution Ministries of New England churches are proving to be of the doctrine of persecution for cause of of conscience This doctrine is proved guilty by all the blood… Read more Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience (1644)

“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)