That Was The Week That Was


• Joy, expectation, and Easter Monday.

• The plan to take over all media is working out nicely: catch up with our department webisodes as we visit Europe and talk faith and history; and get a sneak preview of the new Pietist Schoolman Podcast.

• Forget would-be “Protestant Notre Dames”… Just what makes Notre Dame a Catholic university?

• Christian colleges were among the 500+ named as being subject to cash monitoring by the U.S. Department of Education, with Eastern Nazarene College in the higher scrutiny category.

…There and Everywhere

John Howard Yoder
John Howard Yoder (1927-1997) – MCUSA Archives

• Meanwhile, another Nazarene college received a different kind of negative scrutiny after laying off a theology professor who endorsed evolution.

• Christian colleges and universities are not immune from the shocking prevalence of sexual assault again women on campus, as Matt Moser contemplated in a powerful two-part post at Christ & University.

• Late last month a leading Anabaptist seminary formally apologized to the dozens of women sexually violated by Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder.

• Miles Mullin’s not ready to give up on Christian liberal arts colleges, particularly those that “aim to graduate well-formed Christians, competent in their fields and committed to vocations that maximize the flourishing of other human beings–be they Christian or not.”

• Among those thoughtfully wrestling with the tensions that came out in the Indiana and Arkansas debates over sexuality and religious liberty: Damon Linker and David Gushee, both of whom support same-sex marriage but are conflicted about how SSM advocates are advancing their cause.

• Writing on this issue for Christian Century, Jay Michaelson cautiously endorsed a compromise proposal coming from a conservative Lutheran pastor.

• What can contemporary churches committed to racial reconciliation learn from post-WWII experiments in bringing together interracial congregations?

• Efrem Smith pointed to a reimagining of what it means to be evangelical: “The picture painted of the typical Evangelical in America is White, Republican, Reformed, Suburban, Southern, and most of the time Male. Well, I’m Male, African-American, a Missional Pietist, committed to racial reconciliation, justice, and the empowerment of the poor and marginalized, a product of the Black Church, and I’m just as much Evangelical as anybody else. Any definition of Evangelicalism that gives preferential treatment to the views of White Evangelicals is no true biblical Evangelicalism at all.”

Keith Getty
Keith Getty – Wikimedia

• Must-read long read of the week: Andy Crouch’s reflection on “a Lent without glowing rectangles” (i.e., computer and other screens).

• A secular sociologist argued that millennials like his students ought to take religion more seriously.

• The contemporary hymn writer Keith Getty (“In Christ Alone”) explained why it’s not only important to sing corporately, but to do it with passion.

• I enjoyed the first episode of Wolf Hall, the BBC/PBS dramatization of Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed historical novels about the origins of the English Reformation — more because of the acting of Mark Rylance and Jonathan Pryce; the historical distortions and simmering anti-Catholicism not so much.

• 150 years ago this past week, Generals Grant and Lee met at Appomattox Courthouse. But at least one historian thinks the Civil War continued for years more.

• Then another sesquicentennial is coming up next week: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

• A lovely piece from historian John Fea: “…the liberal arts, and especially the humanities, are about people engaging ideas in community.  The questions about the meaning of life raised by the study of the liberal arts are often asked in the context of friendship, sociability, and conversation.  The liberal arts are about human beings.  And they are best cultivated by human beings in relationship with other human beings.”

Adams, The Education of Henry Adams• Defending this model of education puts John in the good company of Anna Deavere Smith and Frederick Douglass.

• Meet one of the most powerful figures in higher education you’ve never heard of.

• Fun fact: before I decided to call this blog The Pietist Schoolman, I was ready to name it The Reeducation of Chris Gehrz — nodding to my dissertation research (which no one has read) and a famous intellectual autobiography by Henry Adams (which many have read, including a retired college president who recommended it this week “as an admonition to every teacher and every student about what can be expected of four years in a college”).

• This week a student at my high school alma mater achieved the very rare honor of being accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Like everyone else who managed that feat, she is the child of an immigrant.

• I just love stuff like this: live, from Anaheim, a convention of the self-appointed heads of “micronations“!

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