Thank God for Our Founding Puritans

Over at Culture 11, Peter Lawler explains why we should thank God, on Thanksgiving especially, for our founding Puritans:

That meant, Tocqueville explains, that the Puritans had “a more elevated and complete view” of our social duties than the Europeans of that time. They took care of the poor, maintained their highways, kept careful records and registries, secured law and order, and, most of all, provided education for everyone — through high school. The purpose of universal education was that everyone should be able to read the Bible to know what’s most important — his or her duties to their Creator — for themselves. Everyone must read in order that no one be deceived or suckered by others. This noncondescending egalitarianism was the first source of the American popular enlightenment that had so many practical benefits.

Sadly, we’ve twisted their aim of education and turned it on its head. While we try to teach facts without morality (and end up teaching no truth at all), our forefathers meant education for the purpose that everyone be able to read their Bible. Lawler closes by writing:

But we still have the common celebration of Thanksgiving. So let’s not only give thanks to the Puritans, but reflect on not only what we’ve gained — but what we’ve lost — as we’ve moved over time from Puritanical equality to individualistic liberty.

Amen, and amen.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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