Colonial America, being the turning point for the Old World and the starting point for the New, ought not be misrepresented.  The people and politics of the continental experiment could not have been perfect or utopian, and neither did they strive for such unrealistic ideals.  The uniqueness and excellence that the first founders put into the young civil government had nothing to do with power politics or even a blasé and tolerant democracy. 

No, it had nothing to do with making perfection, but rather having a completely Biblical understanding of imperfection.  By unanimously acknowledging CHRIST as CREATOR, SAVIOUR and SOVEREIGN and stating HIS WORD as Law, the people were given the responsibility of holding themselves as well as their elected leaders accountable.

With this outline of government in place, it was only natural that a generational mindset of education take place.  It was extremely important to the citizens that their children had a firm Biblical foundation and a respectful and discerning understanding of their heritage.  From the first literary primer to the college admissions requirements, a classical, practical and Biblical method of education was greatly esteemed.

As the colonies began forming a responsible government and learning style, society remained complementary to it.  A nation is, after all, built upon the family, and the family and its social setting were well balanced, with men and women accepting their different yet equally important roles.  It was not in any way a lifestyle to be ridiculed as primitive, but rather an instance in which workforce and home were regulated appropriately.

Now, it is not necessarily probable that people of that time were more righteous individually than they are now.  But the best way to evaluate the quality of social life is to examine what activities and beliefs are appreciated, tolerated or frowned upon.

In that particular era, the Church was considered valuable to both the family and the state.  Institutions for higher education made religious views and reputations as important in a student’s life as academics.  The Great Awakening further challenged and revived the people’s concept of GOD’s Providence in their country and reminded them of the dangers of complacency.  Fellowship and unity among believers was vital.

Thus, as that era of history came to a close, the young nation of the United States of America inherited its hard earned success.  Colonial America was not a shamefully blind and arrogant and irrelevant figment of past civilization, but rather the map of excellence that steered the country to greatness out of an age that was politically tumultuous worldwide.

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“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it.”

– JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

That was an essay I wrote for World Views earlier this year.  If I had a lot of extra time on my hands I probably would have rewritten the whole thing and been more detailed before posting it, but I guess it will have to do.  I already had this set for November 22nd, but it took me so long to edit out the errors my sloppy typing fingers created that I didn’t make it before the splendid festivities of the past week set in.  We had our delicious Thanksgiving meal at lunch time on that pleasant rainy Thursday, beginning with The LORD’s Supper to thank GOD for the ultimate gift – salvation in CHRIST.

We had dessert at our great-grandparents’ house.  The weekend that followed was wonderful, with visiting friends and family.  Recently we’ve enjoyed playing a Biblical trivia game called “Bible Baffle”.  It’s a lot of fun!

Rachel and Jillian (who was visiting) sent out the Priceless Purity e-zine.  It’s a good one, and I think all of you will enjoy it!

I spent today planning more so than studying.  I want to really work at managing my time better.  I don’t want the internet – even blogging – to be my big “thing”.  I want my “internet life” (haha…;-D) to be uncluttered and purposeful.  I still want to be able to get a blog post out at least once a week, but my other writing priorities will have to be my main focus.

I’m done with Chemistry, so I hope to successfully accomplish Geometry and the rest of World Views of the Western World within the next few months.  I want to especially focus on historical research, since I will probably end up majoring in History at a nearby college someday (I have no intentions of leaving home, believe me) and I’m also interested in writing historically themed scripts.  But I also don’t want thoughts of college to become my big “thing”.  I don’t want to be intricately involved in anything that draws me away from what I believe the LORD is calling me to do in life.  I only want to focus on things that will help me develop my skills and talents.

MAY GOD BLESS,

~Amanda~

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – Oh..

Posted by nancysnook
I’m sure whatever or wherever God takes you, you will never lose focus of what is a main priority in your life…You’re so wonderful and you have a great sense of responsibility. I’m sure your family are all very proud of you.

Nancy
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Posted by pokadot
you have a great blog!!! very very cool! come check out my site sometime and leave me a message got to…
http://ww.homeschoolblogger.com/pokadot

-naomi

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Thursday, December 6, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by DarthYxpu
Thanks for the comment and sorry it’s taken me this long to reply.

Mom and the baby are doing great and they are home now.
Susanna is so cute. She’ll just sit there and grin if you rub her cheek.

Thank you for your prayers.

-Paulie
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Thursday, December 6, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BlogBoy
I end up reading something out of one of the books every few days. Just because I work with Narnia so much. Lol.

Good point about the Uncle Andrew quote!

Eric
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BlogBoy
RYC: Thanks, I think it looks kinda’ like Narnia too 😉

Yep, it is time to post again on here. But I totally understand being busy.

Good idea, they can send stuff to me, but make sure it is at ericnovak@dls.net. I don’t check my yahoo email much.

Aww! Was that your new camera? Was it under warranty?

Eric