That Was The Week That Was

A rather difficult week at work kept me from blogging at The Pietist Schoolman. I’ll be back to my usual schedule in a day or two, but in the meantime, here’s some of what I was reading elsewhere:

St. Marys Hospital - Rochester
St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, founded in 1889 by the Doctors Mayo and local Franciscan nuns — Wikimedia

• What little writing time I had went into an Anxious Bench piece on the religious history of the world’s most famous hospital, subject of a PBS documentary debuting Tuesday night.

• I won’t be able to watch it live: I’ll be at Bethel listening to a lecture by a history major-turned-New York Times columnist.

• The Trump administration had already cut back the number of refugees accepted into this country. Next year, that number will drop by another third, to its lowest level in almost forty years.

• Add her profile of Beth Moore to Emma Green’s growing portfolio of terrific work for The Atlantic.

• The Dead Sea Scrolls made one archeologist/curator rethink the reliability of oral traditions.

Meet the Christian philosopher who suggested the existence of a previously unacknowledged kind of person: the morally good atheist.

• To whet your appetite for a new opportunity I’m hoping to announce shortly, check out this Smithsonian Magazine travel story on the former Western Front of World War I.

Haynes, The Battle for Bonhoeffer• A new book assesses how American Christians have fought over the legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

• “…it’s a good time to be a lover of history books written for the public,” blogged intellectual historian Robert Greene II, “the very thing we historians tell each other we do not do.”

• If you teach history (not just American) at any level, you should be reading the Teaching United States History blog. It offers hard-won advice on both practical and theoretical issues, like helping students to see both the beauties and horrors of the past at once.

• Maybe it’s not that I don’t like grading… I just easily develop cases of correction fatigue.