That Was The Week That Was

This week I wrote about the religious history of lumberjacks, nominated the best years in sports history, and suggested seven questions that Christian colleges should ask potential presidents. Elsewhere:

• It was an impressively eclectic week at The Anxious Bench. In David Swartz’s post on the faith(s) of a popular game show host and John Turner’s review of a major new book on Christianity and oil, let me specially recommend Philip Jenkins’ eye-opening history of Christian attitudes on cremation and Agnes Howard’s thoughtful examination of nudism.

Philip points out that columbaria (like this one in one of Paris’s famous cemeteries) are even being integrated into Christian churches – Creative Commons (Adamsofen)

• At The Christian Century, Philip reviewed a new Danish TV series that he predicts American viewers will find “eye-opening for the picture it offers of Protestant Christianity in contemporary Europe.”

• In another Anxious Bench post this summer, I mused that children are rarely central to historians’ interpretations of the past. Turns out that there’s at least one scholar raising similar questions about biblical studies.

• The next time I have a chance to teach my Cold War history class, I need to remember to show some clips of Rocky and Bullwinkle.

• I’m glad that someone who really understands this data confirmed my impression that mainline Protestants aren’t nearly as politically liberal as you might expect.

• There’s a bloc of voters that has become both more radical and more moderate than the political party that often takes them for granted.

• Hmm, maybe conservatives don’t hate higher ed as much as they said they did…

• But one conservative columnist is sure bothered (with good reason) by one particular university president.

• Conflict between higher ed leaders and evangelical student groups continued at a historically Methodist university.

• I know it’s beating the same old drum, but… yes: STEM will not save us.

• Finally, regular readers of Pietist Schoolman will spot a familiar image heading this story on the possible discovery of a long-lost town that plays a key role in the story of Jesus.