In a search for origins it is necessary to balance the facts, the What Ifs? and a healthy dose of the imagination. The facts include descriptions of historical realities, philosophical foundations and religious beliefs. The What Ifs? include the shadow side of reality when one ponders why this and not that, or how different the end result might have been, if! To imagine one's origins is to enter the world of dreams where all things are possible. In My Loyalist Origins I focus on what America was, what it became and what it is now. This includes the earliest explorations, the establishing of British colonies and the fight for independence. At every stage there are characters who stand out because of their strong convictions and others who belong in the shadows because their beliefs are not supported by their actions. Because this history is marked by periods of conflict I ask the question, "Do we as Christians have an obligation to offer an alternative to the claim that in order to 'have peace' we must 'go to war'"? As an Anabaptist Christian I hear Jesus saying, "blessed are the peace makers." Not only saying, but living out in his willingness to die for that truth." For the "Loyalists" this meant leaving hearth and home for a new life in a new place.
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|Size: ||3.8 MB|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9781460274590 (DRM-PDF)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|