Welcome! Although I’m going to begin blogging regularly here, the official launch date for The Last Calvinist is July 4.
Feel free to join the conversation any time.
As a published writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, you can expect me to talk about the arts, politics, ethics. Controversial subjects sometimes and topical issues of the day.
Especially, I will have much to say about fine arts, chief among them: Literature.
I look forward to attracting and engaging supporters, fans, interlocutors, friends, family, and yes, total strangers in dialogue, discussion, debate, and argument.
No Trolls, though.
For all who subscribe to The Last Calvinist online, I will send perks from time to time. Subscribe by filling in the pop-up, or click the “FOLLOW ME” button on the right-hand sidebar or fill in your name and email address and click the “SUBMIT” button on the landing page.
The first perk is an .mp3 audio file of the author (that’s me!) reading a short story, “The Signs,” book-ended by music.
I will add a “Last Calvinist” podcast to the website at some point.
Wipf & Stock Publishers have recently published New Institutes A Primer of Practical Theology for Twenty-First-Century America (W&S / RESOURCE Publications 2019). You can read all about it on the blog-tab “NEW INSTITUTES” atop the page just under the header title and motto.
Just to be clear: NEW INSTITUTES is not proselytizing for any religion, sect or denomination. Welcome!Just to be clear: NEW INSTITUTES is not proselytizing for any religion, sect or denomination.
The motto “Literal-mindedness undoes them all” is from literary historian Perry Miller. (Likewise, the sentence at the bottom of my GC logo: “The only thing you can hunt for is what has been given you.”) Miller was a Puritan scholar who revolutionized the study of Puritanism in America. The Puritans of seventeenth-century Massachusetts were Calvinists.
Americans today have a great deal to learn from the Puritans that is constructive, pertinent, political, and timely. And by Americans I mean all Americans, citizen and non-citizen alike, undocumented worker and resident immigrant, regardless of ethnic or religious heritage, sex or gender identity, level of education, and party affiliation. I omit race as a category, since I agree with historian and geneticist Spencer Wells that there is only one race on this planet: the human race.
Because of his expertise, Perry Miller became the preeminent historian of American national identity. Most historians haven’t even bothered to read his work. Most Americans have never even heard of Perry Miller.
That will have to change. I plan to contribute to that change by talking about Miller. And about Hannah Arendt. And about Jonathan Edwards.
Never heard of them either? That’s okay. I’ll fill you in.
Hannah Arendt is our most trenchant and insightful political scientist. A German Jew, at age 26 in 1933 she had the foresight to leave Hitler Germany for France. When the Nazis invaded Paris, she emigrated to the United States. A stateless person for 18 years, Hannah Arendt became a naturalized citizen the year I was born: 1951. She wrote On Revolution, comparing the French, Russian, and American Revolutions, which I read when I was twelve. It changed my life.
Once I settle into harness here, figure out how Facebook, Twitter, and this Trending stuff works with my blog, I plan to post thrice weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00 AM sharp.
So what are you waiting for? Subscribe already. You’ll be glad you did. We have a lot to teach each other.