That Was The Week That Was

Lots of Lindbergh here at The Pietist Schoolman, where I considered Charles’ connections to the space program and Anne’s diaries and letters. Over at The Anxious Bench I reported that a recent book on hymnals says as much about the histories of reading and childhood as singing. Elsewhere:

• Charles Lindbergh is far from the only famous American to have a complicated religious story. Take, for example, Abraham Lincoln.

• Daniel Burke traced another unlikely religious journey by a Midwestern politician: Pete Buttigieg.

• Elizabeth Bruenig visited evangelicals in Texas and found complicated responses to Trump.

• Emma Green checked in on an ongoing debate: can there be compromise between LGBT rights and religious freedom?

• United Methodists considered a way to become less united.

• Should you watch the new Netflix series based on Jeff Sharlet’s books about The Family, a secretive group trying to spread Christianity within the halls of power? Ask John Fea.

• While conservative Christians in this country are often skeptical of climate science, religion can also be a cause of environmental activism around the world.

• One of the sources of the anti-vaccination movement: historical amnesia.

• Is there an “exhausted majority” of moderate Americans who are tired of ideology, tribalism, and constant outrage?

• If you haven’t seen it yet… Stephen Colbert answering Anderson Cooper’s questions about grief, suffering, and God is just as moving and thoughtful as you’ve heard.

Neem, What's the Point of College?

• If you enjoy the sight of someone tilting at windmills, consider this historian’s case for abolishing America’s most popular college major.

• If you want to know why Christian colleges and universities are struggling, Sarah Zylstra did as well as anyone to summarize the economic and demographic problems (with help from one of my colleagues at Bethel).

• Such schools — not just Protestant, but Catholic and Mormon — are also wrestling with how to talk with students about sexual consent in a #MeToo age.

• Whenever possible, I like to close with something completely different… This time, the ongoing story of Sealand, a “micronation” off the British coast.