Editor’s note: To get the full gist of Gilmour’s argument, go to the post on Christian Humanist and read the entire thing.
Nathan P. Gilmour writes at the Christian Humanist:
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I note my own conservative tendencies because, if I am a conservative, I get to indulge my sympathies with long-running, traditioned communities rather than with the so-called “forces of history” (I tend to be more of a personalist when it comes to history–I blame people rather than impersonal forces for bad things that happen). So I resonated with a narrative that often occupies the Homebrewed Christianity podcast, and which got spelled out explicitly in the episode at hand, which goes something like this:
- Once there was a group of people whose way of life stood as the assumed “good” form of life in certain parts of North America.
- At a certain point in history, another group of people, whose military technology was better than the formerly-dominant group, arrived and defeated that group in a series of violent encounters.