That Was The Week That Was

This week I announced one more upcoming Pietist Option class and considered how we tend to misunderstand World War I. Here’s some of what else was happening in the blogosphere:

• At our department blog, I suggested a few ways that Minnesotans can join in commemorating tomorrow’s 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

• It sounds perverse, but Philip Jenkins made a plausible argument that that war ended too quickly, given what happened in the years after the Armistice.

American soldiers celebrating the armistice of 1918
American soldiers celebrate the armistice on November 11, 1918 – U.S. National Archive

• If the peace went badly, should Woodrow Wilson bear much of the blame?

• Someone spent the last four years “live-tweeting” World War I, day by day. Here’s what he learned about a war that “In the American mind… typically occupies an unimpressive place as a kind of shambolic preamble to the great good-versus-evil crusade of World War II, a pointless slugfest in muddy trenches for no worthy purpose, and no worthwhile result.”

• One of my favorite Anxious Bench posts I’ve written: why their emphases on biblical authority and evangelism led some conservative evangelicals in the late 19th century to affirm women’s full participation in the ministry and mission of the church. (Also an excuse to dig back into Swedish-American Pietism…)

• Glad to see the women of Theoloqui are reviving their blog!

• Is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States on the verge of schism?

• I didn’t realize they were still adding gargoyles to cathedrals…

• Beto O’Rourke lost his long shot bid to defeat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, but I hope that pro-life voters still consider why this pro-life activist backed him.

• An evangelical college in New York is closing one of its campuses in order to consolidate its operations in Manhattan.

Is academe a cult (asked a professor who grew up in a cult)?