The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Bill of Rights Requested

September 12, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary Yesterday’s session (9/11) adjourned without action because the Committee of Style did not have a completed product. On the 12th the delegates voted against a Bill of Rights and amended the override margin for a presidential veto. Influences on the Delegates One of the items considered during this session involved the number of delegates needed to override a presidential veto. In the end, the delegates required 2/3 instead of 3/4. The experience… Read more

Biblical Counseling v. Christian Psychology at SBTS (UPDATED with Apology from Heath Lambert)

UPDATE: Heath Lambert issued a statement in response to the controversy over Eric Johnson, SBTS, and the conflict between biblical counseling and Christian psychology. In sum, Lambert denies any pressure on SBTS to get Johnson fired. He does acknowledge that he spoke unkindly about Johnson in the video which is embedded in the original post below. Finally, Lambert continues to believe his view of Christian counseling is superior to Dr. Johnson’s. The petition remains unchanged. Lambert contradicts the petition on… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Amending the Constitution

September 10, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates took up the last articles of the Constitution. Specifically, they approved the method of amending the Constitution and the process for ratifying it. Influences on the Delegates There were no obvious influences mentioned in this session. As consideration of changes wound down, at least one delegate signaled his disapproval of the system. Mr. RANDOLPH declared, if no change should be made in this part of the plan,… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Impeachment Debated

September 8, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates fine-tuned the executive branch and debated language regarding impeachment of the president. The role of the Senate in money bills was also debate again. Influences on the Delegates Mason wanted a term added to the provisions of impeachment which would extend the grounds. Colonel MASON. Why is the provision restrained to treason and bribery only? Treason, as defined in the Constitution, will not reach many great and dangerous offences. Hastings… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Should the President Have a Divan?

September 7, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The subject of the day was the executive branch, the president and vice-president. Influences on the Delegates Discussing the role of the Senate in ratifying peace treaties, Pierce Butler from South Carolina wanted to president-proof the process. Madison’s motion was to require the Senate to ratify peace treaties without concurrence of the president. Mr. BUTLER was strenuous for the motion, as a necessary security against ambitious and corrupt Presidents. He mentioned the… Read more

A Year Ago Today David Barton Claimed to Have an Earned PhD

A year ago today, religious right activist and member of Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration David Barton posted the following video on his Facebook and YouTube accounts. In the video, Barton chastises progressives for questioning his claim to have an earned doctorate. He said he has an earned doctorate but that he has chosen not to talk about it. However, the next day Barton chose to take the video off of both websites and chose not to talk about the reasons… Read more

Question for Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration: What Does Indigenous Mean?

President Trump’s immigration policies have split the evangelical world. Many called on Trump to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while others applauded the president for rescinding it.  Now that the matter is in the hands of Congress, lobbying for both sides is fierce. Some evangelical groups have promised an intense lobbying campaign to pass legislation favorable to illegal immigrants while others, such as Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, promote a more exclusionary approach. The EBI group recently… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Delegates Worried about Aristocracy

September 6, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued their discussion of how to elect the president and vice-president. Influences on the Delegates Today, the delegate worried about an aristocracy was Pennsylvania’s James Wilson. Mr. WILSON said, that he had weighed carefully the Report of the Committee for remodelling the constitution of the Executive; and on combining it with other parts of the plan, he was obliged to consider the whole as having a dangerous tendency to aristocracy;… Read more

A Real Life Reason to Reject the Nashville Statement

Last week I wrote some reactions to the Nashville Statement on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The statement was written by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and has been the focus of much controversy since it was released a week ago.  I thought the statement missed the mark in several ways, but the one I want to highlight with this follow up post is the Nashville Statement’s claim about disorders of sex development. After my post on the… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Executive Election Debated Again

September 5, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued to consider proposals from the Brearly committee. A lengthy discussion concerned the election of the president. Influences on the Delegates Edmund Randolph worried that proposals for the president to come from the legislature would create a monarchy or an aristocracy. Mr. RANDOLPH. We have, in some revolutions of this plan, made a bold stroke for monarchy. We are now doing the same for an aristocracy. He… Read more

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