This year, as many have already noted, marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses, the generally-accepted official start to the Protestant Reformation. For this monumental anniversary, let’s look at some of the most important—yet often overlooked—factors that allowed the Reformation happen. Let’s not give Luther all the credit, though he certainly deserves a lot. Let’s look […]
Ruling elites as recently as 1600 appealed to God to justify their continuing rule. This was called the divine right of kings: rulership beyond any earthly court of appeal. That began to be undermined in the second half of the seventeenth century. A century later, Enlightenment democratic theory had replaced the divine right of kings. […]
It is now easier than ever to spread information, and thus reformation. The internet is today what Gutenberg was for Luther’s day: anadvancement in technology that drastically reduced the cost of spreading information, and thus greatly increased its flow to the masses. Many people have caught on now for several years. Drudgereport.com assembles the most […]
The American expression “Indian summer” is known on the Balkans as “Gypsy summer.” It has the same meaning as its American counterpart, as far as the weather is concerned: a short period—usually two or three weeks—of relatively warm days in the late October, when the sun is shining and one can still enjoy a good walk outside without the nasty cold feeling of the coming winter. The trees are changing their colors from green to yellow to red and brown, and the winter seems awfully far away.
In 1982 I wrote my first book: God and Government: A Biblical and Historical Study. It begins with the operating premise that government is not synonymous with politics. Slef-government under God is the basis of social change. When people change, everything they put their mind and hands to will change. Have you noticed in the […]