Tag: representative government

Jamestown: Divine Intervention?

As a Christian, I believe that God does intervene in the lives of men and nations. Scripture points to this continually. The most significant intervention was the incarnation of Jesus—God taking on human form. Therefore, I have no problem believing He still does this in our day. Nevertheless, as a historian, I have to be cautious about declaring something in history is absolutely an example of God’s intervention. I always tell my students to be cautious as well, and not… Read more »

Representative Government: An Insight from C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis didn’t write extensively on government, but when he did, he had insight into the basics. He uses the word “democracy” in the following quote, whereas I would prefer “representative government,” but his point is crystal clear and right on the mark: I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau,… Read more »

Our Venerable Congress

Make no mistake—I appreciate the type of government our Constitution created. I do believe in representation. Never would I opt for any kind of one-man rule from the top. Yet what if our system of representation gets so skewed that it’s no different than a top-down tyranny? We’ve had glimpses of tyranny at times: Woodrow Wilson during World War I; FDR’s New Deal; LBJ’s Great Society. We’re working on a new version in our day. As a historian, I can point out the… Read more »