That Was The Week That Was

All I did here was to promote some upcoming speaking engagements and to invite people to sign up to receive a free e-copy of our forthcoming Lenten devotional. (At The Anxious Bench, I considered Ulysses Grant’s position as America’s first Methodist president.) I’ll try to get back to Pietist Schoolman blogging next week; until then, here’s some of what … More That Was The Week That Was

Pietist Vision Previews: The Importance of Community

Precisely because of the tradition’s emphasis on the personal experience of conversion, the subject of our previous post, Pietism is sometimes critiqued for promoting religious individualism (cf. Karl Barth). However, there’s scarcely any chapter in our book that doesn’t emphasize the importance of community for the Pietist vision of Christian higher education. For example, while philosopher David Williams … More Pietist Vision Previews: The Importance of Community

Pietist Vision Previews: Education as Conversion

What is the purpose of Christian higher education? There is, of course, no single answer to the question. In any college, or any of its departments or programs, or of their required or elective courses and the individual class sessions that compose them, there are multiple objectives. But running through all of them, in our Pietist vision of Christian higher education, … More Pietist Vision Previews: Education as Conversion

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • I didn’t dislike the new college rankings from MONEY magazine, but as I considered how Bethel and other Christian colleges fared, I remained convinced that “no system that needs to rank public institutions and avowedly secular private ones is going to properly assess the value of Christian colleges and universities.” • We reached the 100th anniversary of the … More That Was The Week That Was

Inerrancy and the “Lost World of Scripture”: An Interview with D. Brent Sandy

For fundamentalist-leaning evangelicals, biblical inerrancy carries a ton of freight. It remains something of a shibboleth that 1) Provides a litmus test of orthodoxy, 2) verifies that one actually takes the Bible at face value, and 3) leads one to appropriate positions on issues ranging from origins to eschatology. With so much riding on this one … More Inerrancy and the “Lost World of Scripture”: An Interview with D. Brent Sandy