My blog posts revolve around my interests and vocation as a historian: the intersection of history and contemporary church life, the intersection of history and contemporary politics, serendipitous discoveries in archives or on research trips, publications and research projects, upcoming conferences, and speaking engagements.
I sometimes blog for two other organizations, the Canadian Baptist Historical Society and the Centre for Post-Christendom Studies.
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Government responses among Western democracies to the pandemic have been a rude awakening to what the rest of the world experiences on a daily basis. Civil and human rights that were assumed and believed in the West to be protected by law were quickly denied or run roughshod over.
Lockdowns, curfews, forced closure/loss of one’s livelihood, travel restrictions, violent suppression of protests, two-tiered citizenship, limits on how many people you can have visit your house, parameters on the number of worshippers in churches, temples, or mosques, coerced injections of experimental medication, threats of loss of job if one does not follow government mandates, and aggressive censorship is certainly not the usual experience of living in a democracy. Yet that has been the case for a while now.
But we should not be surprised.