That Was The Week That Was

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• Why historians “need to get in the way of death and practice resurrection.”

• Once again, the rumors of the lecture’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

• According to one British historian, German Pietism “[rekindled] the love affair with God that had been Protestantism’s beating heart since Luther.”

…There and Everywhere

Reinhold Niebuhr
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) – Wikimedia

• Oddly, the firing of an FBI director has prompted new interest in Reinhold Niebuhr. Elesha Coffman shared five things to know about “Washington’s Favorite Theologian.”

• Speaking of… one informed observer suspected that most politically progressive evangelicals (or post-evangelicals) think more like Niebuhr than Yoder.

• There will never be another Billy Graham. But I fear that his son might embody (white American) evangelicalism in the first quarter of the 21st century as much as Billy did for the second half of the 20th.

• Over at The Anxious Bench, I took up Coffman’s suggestion that we’re entering a new era for the historiography of evangelicalism.

• At the same blog, Kristin Du Mez debunked some common Christian misunderstandings about feminism.

• Could it be that one in four Americans is an atheist? (Probably not, but the figure is almost certainly higher than what surveys usually report.)

• There are many reasons to be curious about France’s new president (a political newcomer who won’t turn 40 until December), including his understanding of the country’s official secularism.

• About half of Britons are non-religious… but that might as big as that figure gets.

• “If ever a city was ripe for calls to remove Confederate monuments,” wrote Civil War historian Kevin Levin, “it is Richmond.” But the former Confederate capital has avoided the controversy that dogs cities like New Orleans — for good reason.

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond – Creative Commons (Ron Cogswell)

• One reason I like The American Conservative: it welcomes critique, as when it published a Christian college philosophy professor’s response to another example of Rod Dreher’s alarmism.

• Visual arts programs are on the rise at Christian and church-related colleges and universities.

• I’ve written before on the importance of football to Liberty University’s grand ambitions. Here’s the price tag for becoming the “evangelical Notre Dame.”

• Great to see Paul Putz have the chance to write about the faith of John Wooden for Slate.

• Adam Laats on the “unwritten rules” of evangelical higher ed.

• Have MOOCs actually eliminated faculty jobs? (If not, why not? Oh, and did you know that MOOCs are still a thing?)

• The true story behind my nine-year old self’s favorite book.