About This Site

So the story goes like this…One day I said to myself, “Self, there really aren’t enough blogs in the world. Let us make a blog in our own image, in our likeness.” I leave it up to you to determine if it is “good”. I personally have my doubts.

A Note on Religious Affiliation

When reading some of the posts on this site, it may be helpful to know the context.  I was raised in a conservative, evangelical Christian atmosphere; specifically, it was a Baptist church. I have over the years also attended a Wesleyan church and an Anglican church. These days, I am a member of Patterson Park Church in Beavercreek, Ohio. If it matters to you, I am what was historically known as a “Particular Baptist” or what is more commonly called a “Reformed Baptist”. (That second title annoys my Reformed friends, so I will avoid the term out of something like respect.)

I contribute some articles to the various websites of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. If you dislike something you see me writing either there or here, I am under the authority of the elders at Patterson Park Church. You can also send complaints via post to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.

Amy (Watkins) Mantravadi – Biographical Highlights

Born: Columbus, Ohio

Raised: Muskegon, Michigan

Currently Resides: Dayton, Ohio

Degrees: B.A. in Political Science and Biblical Literature (Taylor University – 2008), M.A. in Non-proliferation and International Security (King’s College London – 2010)

Employment Highlights: Congressional intern for Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Columnist and Opinions Editor for The Echo at Taylor University, Assistant to the Director at the Egyptian Press Office in Washington, D.C. (2009-2013), Field Interview at University of Michigan Institute for Social Science Research (2014-2016)

2 thoughts on “About This Site

  1. Amy, Just read your excellent article on Anne Bradstreet. Thank you for showing the conflicts that numbers of Puritan sympathisers felt: that Charles’ sympathies were dangerous, but that at the same time he was an authority instituted by God. Theologically, do you think it’s connected with the idea that sin is always about mankind reaching up to usurp, whereas God’s work always comes from above? (Wow, am I saying monarchy is more biblical than the will of the people?!) As an Englishman I’ve sometimes wondered which side of the Civil War I’d have found myself on. I’ll have to try and read a bit more of Anne Bradstreet!

  2. So glad you liked the article! There were certainly a lot of theological implications to be drawn from the English Civil War. If I had been able to write a longer article, I suppose I could have examined those more in-depth. Bradstreet herself only gives certain hints of her theological viewpoint regarding the divine right of kings. However, a strong view of the sovereignty of God could certainly lead to the kind of opinion you mentioned. I think the Civil War period shows us that Puritanism was hardly monolithic. It encompassed a wide variety of opinions. Much as you wonder which side of the English Civil War you would support, I have wondered whether or not I would have remained loyal to the king during the American Revolution. Of course, practically everything you hear on this side of the pond lionizes the American revolutionaries and their aims, but I think the situation was actually more complicated. Many colonists did not support the revolution and moved back to England when it was over. I can see their point of view – the king never treated any of the colonists as bad as they themselves treated their slaves and the Native Americans, for example. Well, interesting things to consider. Thanks for stopping by!

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