Author: Dr. Gary Scott Smith

Profile: — Dr. Gary Scott Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and is a fellow for faith and the presidency with The Center for Vision & Values. His most recent book is “Heaven in the American Imagination” (Oxford University Press, 2011).


March 30, 2013

The Hope of Heaven

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 30 Mar 2013

In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, “we are all terminal.” In a cover story for “People” magazine and an interview on CNN, Harper, age 73, stressed …

February 22, 2013

Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

Filed under: History - 22 Feb 2013

Stephen Spielberg’s masterful movie on Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have recently brought even greater attention than usual to Abraham Lincoln. Holidays like Presidents Day remind us of Lincoln’s position on slavery and his role in …

February 13, 2013

Finding the City on a Hill

Filed under: History,Religion & Faith - 13 Feb 2013

One of the most widely employed metaphors in today’s American political discourse is that the United States is a “city on a hill.” Especially popularized by Ronald Reagan, this phrase (taken from Matthew chapter 5) has been used by countless …

January 22, 2013

“So Help Me God”—The Second Inaugural of Barack Obama

Filed under: History,Religion & Faith - 22 Jan 2013

On Monday the United States will celebrate one of its great festivals of civil religion as Barack Obama is inaugurated for a second time. Although nothing in the Constitution mandates it (the only things the Constitution specifies are the date …

December 21, 2012

Testimonies of Heaven

Filed under: In The News,Religion & Faith - 21 Dec 2012

Earlier this year I went to the WPXI television studio in Pittsburgh to tape an interview. The technician who escorted me inquired, “What are you here to discuss today?” When I replied, “heaven,” he asked, “Have they found it?” As …

October 27, 2012

Proof of Heaven

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 27 Oct 2012

“Heaven is Real,” a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having plausible scientific explanations. However, spending seven days in a coma convinced him that the afterlife …

September 14, 2012

Religion and the Election of 2012

Filed under: Elections & Voting,History,Religion & Faith - 14 Sep 2012

Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the republic’s Christian foundation.

September 8, 2012

Is There an Afterlife?

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 08 Sep 2012

Throughout human history people have pondered whether death ends their existence or is the gateway to an afterlife. In recent decades millions around the world have reported near-death or out-of-body experiences. The world’s major religions teach various conceptions of an …

July 28, 2012

Our Civic High Priest

Filed under: In The News,Religion & Faith - 28 Jul 2012

The tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which killed 12 and wounded 58, has again accentuated the important role presidents play as our chief civic priest. The governor of Colorado and local clergy helped provide words of solace and encouragement to …

May 17, 2012

The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 17 May 2012

President Obama’s recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were “practicing Christians” and that his stance was supported by Christ’s teaching …

April 6, 2012

Easter and Heaven

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 06 Apr 2012

By Dr. Gary Scott Smith

As Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter, heaven is naturally on the minds of many. Recent polls indicate that between 75 and 90 percent of Americans believe that heaven …

January 25, 2012

Patrick Henry, Patriot

Filed under: History - 25 Jan 2012

Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American …

January 2, 2012

Counting the Year’s Blessings

Have you heard any good news lately? Bad news abounds. It’s been another tough year. Economic woes continue. Greece and Italy are on the verge of bankruptcy. Unemployment is still high in the United States (around 8.6 percent), and the …

September 9, 2011

When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

Filed under: History - 09 Sep 2011

For more than a century baseball has been called America’s national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football—college and professional—has surpassed baseball in popularity and prominence. For many men and some women, fall weekends …

September 3, 2011

Race, Segregation, and Heaven

Filed under: Politics In General - 03 Sep 2011

The new movie, “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling book by the same name, continues to lead ticket sales at the box office. Both dramatize the extent and tragedy of segregation and discrimination in the South during the early …

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