Thomas Bacon’s Sermon to Negro Slaves, 1743 “Knowing, that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” [Ephesians 6:8] Last time we were together, I told you that God made you & all the world around you. GodContinue Reading

Connecticut’s Act to Regulate Abuses & to Correct Disorders in Ecclesiastical Affairs, 1742 The Assembly has made in their act to establish & confirm a confession of faith & an agreement of Church discipline made 1708 by the churches to establish peace & quietness. Unfortunately, a few people have beenContinue Reading

Samuel Davies, Letter to Reverend Doctor Doddridge, 2 October 1750 The Church of England was established in the colony of Virginia from the beginning & there weren’t more than 4 or 5 dissenters within 100 miles until a few years ago. Religion was loose & not very strict in Virginia.Continue Reading

Maryland Toleration Act, 1649 Lord Baltimore addressed the assembly about religious matters in Maryland. Anyone denying that God & Jesus are really the ones in control & pushing those ideas around will be punished by death & have his lands confiscated. Those who speak out against the Virgin Mary, theContinue Reading

Tartuffe by Molière (1664) – Act 1 Scene 1 Madame Pernelle – No one listens to a word, I saw. I can’t stay here any longer. No one can hear anything anyone says. Come one, Flipote. Let’s get out of here… Dorine – But… Madame Pernelle – You’re just anContinue Reading

Nathaniel Ward – The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America, 1647 We’ve been getting some unkind press about how we live in New England. People have all kinds of funny ideas about how crazy we are & how fanatical our religious doctrines can be. But if you don’t like theContinue Reading

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenent, Yet More Bloody, 1650 I have to declare before God, angels & men that the tenet of persecution for the cause of conscience to a terrible thing. It is blasphemous against the God of Peace who made all mankind of one blood to dwellContinue Reading

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenet, 1644 The blood of 100000 Catholics & Protestants has been spilled in the Wars of Religion in Europe – all for their religious beliefs & consciences. This is not something Jesus wanted. The Bible clearly comes out against all of this violence over religion.Continue Reading

“Genesis” from the Old Testament of the Bible Chapter 1 Day 1: God created heaven & earth. But the earth had no form & there was nothing but darkness. God made light to break up the darkness. The light would be called day & the darkness would be called night.Continue Reading

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 toContinue Reading

Roger Williams – The Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody (1652) The doctrine of persecution for the cause of conscience is awful because it’s blasphemy against because he made us of one blood & now we’re all at war because our religions It’s a tenent against Jesus Christ that will stopContinue Reading

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 provedContinue Reading

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 ManContinue Reading

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 skepticsContinue Reading

Rather than summarizing every passage (all 182 of them!), I’ll just put a few interesting stories & facts Herodotus gives in the 2nd book of the Histories. If you want every damned detail, I suppose you can read the entire text yourself (go here!) The Histories by Herodotus – BookContinue Reading

“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 80Continue Reading

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 revealContinue Reading

“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 callContinue Reading

“The Acts of the Apostles” 1 “Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven” Jesus did all of his stuff until he went to heaven after giving instructions with his boys. He made his point with his words and actions, fulfilling prophecies. He stuck around for 40 more days. “Don’t leave Jerusalem. WaitContinue Reading

“Gospel According to Matthew” 1 “The Genealogy of Jesus” Abraham to David -> 14 generations David to the Exile to Babylon -> 14 generations Exile to Jesus -> 14 generations 42 generations between Abraham and Jesus. “Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son” Mary and Joseph tied the knot but hadn’tContinue Reading