That Was The Week That Was

Somebest ofreruns and desperate pleading for Cliopatria Award nominations notwithstanding, I pretty much took last week off. But other bloggers were hard at work:

  • Parker Palmer
    Parker Palmer - Center for Courage & Renewal

    On Thanksgiving Parker Palmer professed himself “profoundly grateful that America is not a Christian nation. If it were, my Quaker convictions might get me into very deep oatmeal. And as a Christian who does his best to take reason as seriously as I take faith, I find impossible to understand America as a ‘Christian nation’ — and I believe that there are vibrant possibilities in the fact that it is not.”

  • John Mark Reynolds continued to demonstrate that in blogging quantity need be the enemy of quality: among other pieces last week, he contrasted the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with “Baby Seal god,” who “likes what we like and hates what we hate”; and he offered a fair-minded conservative take on the political virtue of flexibility.
  • C.N. Hostetter, Jr.
    C.N. Hostetter, Jr. (1899-1980) - Messiah College

    In the wake of criticism that the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) was becoming “too liberal” (e.g., calling for reductions in nuclear arsenals), Devin Manzullo-Thomas shared some helpful historical perspective. I’m particularly struck by the participation in the neo-evangelical movement of his own denomination, the Brethren in Christ, one of whose most significant leaders, C.N. Hostetter, Jr., articulated a pacifist position to the NAE assembly in the middle of the Cold War.

  • Jamie Smith got a sneak peek at Phil Zuckerman’s Faith No More: Why People Leave Religion and came away unimpressed by that author’s use of the “tired categories” of secularization theory.
  • After being overshadowed for decades by social history, intellectual history has been making a small comeback, at least according to the ArtsBeat blog of the New York Times.
  • Another Times blog, Frank Jacobs’ Borderlines, is now on my “Recommended Links” page, thanks to unfailingly fascinating discussions like this one, of irredentism.

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