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Month: September 2017

Henry Ford

American-Style Capitalism

Henry Ford started American-style capitalism. Ford was a product of the mid-west frontier, where people still respected one another as equals. Father Bruckberger (R.L. Bruckberger in Image of America) called Ford a “messiah of the machine” because Ford wanted to lift drudgery from the backs of men and put it onto steel and machines in factories, agriculture and transportation. . . .

providence

United States Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration. The New England contingent inserted the phrases that refer to Creator, Providence, and Judge:

When in the course of human events...people dissolve political bonds...a decent respect (for) mankind requires they declare the causes... We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed . . .

science

Modern Science

The Enlightenment was an age of reason and science. It started with the lens of the telescope and microscope, plus other inventions including the mathematics of calculus, analytic geometry, etc. The “new” scientific method of empirical reasoning from actual experience and observation (as in Old Testament) was augmented with experiments for proof, rather than merely using abstract logic.
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New World

Galileo, Columbus, Luther

The New World was discovered just in time to provide a refuge for Protestants so a New World Spirit might evolve and be fulfilled.

The New World Spirit that began in the climate of the times around 1500 had three main thrusts of development represented by three men:

Galileo:  science-technology. He used the lens and was the father of modern science.

Columbus . . .

Luther

The Steps and Door to Reform

Early Gothic thinkers started reform. They laid thought upon thought—as cathedral masons laid stone upon stone—until a staircase of steps carried at least part of Christendom over the Reformation threshold.

Martin Luther was born about ten years before the discovery of America. He climbed the Reformation staircase the early Gothic thinkers built. Luther opened the door and crossed t . . .