The Good Soldier: The Tragedy of Colin Powell

Jim Bratt This post originally appeared in The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily on November 8, 2021. Colin Powell at a meeting of the national security council at the White House on the day following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 with, from left, Donald Rumsfeld, President George W Bush and Dick Cheney. Photograph: Doug Mills/AP Colin Powell …

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Afghanistan: A 9/11 Postmortem

Jim Bratt This post originally appeared in The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily on September 13, 2021. Labor Day was always a melancholy holiday for me as a kid. You know the tune: last day of summer, days getting shorter, return to school, parents getting their work-face on. It was extra painful for me because September …

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Whatever happened to the Calvin School of Christian Historiography?

Doug Howard In a review back in 1997, Douglas A. Sweeney described with some admiration the “unparalleled leadership in the field of Christian historiography” provided by the Calvin College history department. Three books had just been published—Jim Bratt’s Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader, a collection of essays edited by Ron Wells called History and the …

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The Ottoman Empire After #MeToo and Black Lives Matter (Video Recording)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--rdvueAeXY The Ottoman Empire after #MeToo and Black Lives Matter (Talk by Prof. Doug Howard, March 31, 2021) Calvin History Colloquium featuring Professor Doug Howard In talking about race, President Obama quoted Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” This presentation explores this observation by examining the Ottoman Empire, focusing on the …

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