The Garden Of Eden And The Deacon’s Meadow

To early Americans the Old Testament and its scenes, even its speech and names, were as familiar as their own backyard

Polly certainly missed her vocation when she was trained for a servant,” says Miss Mehitable in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Oldtown Folks . “She is a born professor of theology. She is so circumstantial about all that took place at the time the angels fell, and when the covenant was made with Adam in the Garden of Eden, that I sometimes question whether she really might not have been there personally.” Read more »

The Fourth Great Awakening

A NOBLE PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST AND HISTORIAN SAYS WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF AMERICA’S MAJOR PERIODS OF REFORM

Robert Fogel is best known as one of the two authors of Time on the Cross, a pathbreaking 1974 book that applied statistics and numerical analysis to history to make a provocative and important point: American slavery on the eve of the Civil War was not an economically inefficient, slowly dying system, as was widely believed at the time, but rather a healthy monster that would perish only when the Union’s armies drove a stake through its heart.Read more »

The Missionary Movement

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.… Read more »

Pentecost In The Backwoods

Shocking, exuberant, exalted, the camp meeting answered the pioneers' demand for religion and helped shape the character of the West.

The Great Revival in the West, or the Kentucky Revival of 1800, as it was sometimes called, was a landmark in American history. It was not some accidental outburst of religious hysteria that crackled through the clearings. Rather, it was one of many answers to a question on which America’s destiny hung during Thomas Jefferson’s Presidency. Which way would the West go?Read more »