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Am I “Making Religious Believers” Out of My Students? (part 1)

Am I “Making Religious Believers” Out of My Students? (part 1)

One of the ablest defenders of the liberal arts, in a time when many question their value, is Wesleyan University president Michael Roth. Indeed, before becoming an administrator, Roth was trained as an intellectual historian, and he still finds time to teach in that field. Last month he wrote an essay for the Wall Street Journal probing his students’ hesitation whenever he … Continue reading


  • 3/4/15 - Episode five of Past & Presence is one of my favorites because it gave us an excuse to go back to Bethel's old campus across from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, now home to the Hubert Humphrey Job Corps Center. (Note to self: next time you decide to visit property of the federal government, check in with security before setting up the camera.) The episode also features two of our stellar undergraduate teaching assistants responding to John Fea's discussion of the "usable past" and the past "as a foreign country."
  • 2/25/15 - I think that the fourth episode of Past & Presence, our department's new webisode series, is our best yet. Not only do we interview an alum who parlayed his History degree into a corporate VP position, visit the oldest Swedish Baptist church in Minnesota, preview our Modern Middle East course, and hear from a student who spent the fall at Oxford, but our discussion of primary sources and historical research proved to be surprisingly moving. Look for a reflection on that conversation tomorrow...
  • 2/23/15 - I'm quite sure I have no business being admitted to any intellectual club whose membership includes Stanley Hauerwas, Merold Westphal, and John Milbank. So it was beyond kind of Nathan Gilmour to interview me for the newest episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, one of several terrific podcasts produced by the prolific team of Christian Humanists. We touched on several chapters in The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education, its conversational character, and its recurring emphasis on heart alongside head, and Nathan even got me to hint broadly at my own pending return to podcasting. Check it out at iTunes!
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