TEXAS: Fourth Rome?

“As every young Texian* Christian of school age knows, Austin shall surely be the fourth Rome, and if not Austin, then Dallas or perhaps Abilene … the patriarch of the Texans will then bear the weight of that priority among the Church, that future diocese of Sante Fe. As the capital of the Empire of Holy Texas, it will preside as first in loving care for all true believing and worshipping churches … Once all is put in order, the Empire can be reestablished and the populace of Texas baptized in the Brazos de Dios. Then the Orthodox Mounted Posses can saddle up and ride out to the Second Rome to restore the Hagia Sophia, Christendom’s great temple, carrying the Bonnie Blue Flag next to the Empire’s banner of gold with the proud double-headed eagle …”

— Taken from the new book, At the Roots of Christian Bioethics – Critical Essays on the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr, p.10 [quote first appearing in The Foundations of Christian Bioethics (2000)]

* – TEXIAN. The term Texian is generally used to apply to a citizen of the Anglo-American section of the province of Coahuila and Texas or of the Republic of Texas. Texian was used in 1835 as part of the title of the Nacogdoches Texian and Emigrant’s Guide. As president of the Republic, Mirabeau B. Lamar used the term to foster nationalism. Early colonists and leaders of the Texas Revolution, many of whom were influential during the Civil War and who were respected as elder statesmen well into the 1880s, used Texian in English and Texienne in French. However, in general usage after annexation, Texan replaced Texian. The Texas Almanac still used the term Texian as late as 1868 [Fletcher, 2009; note, p.18]

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