As usual, I’m struggling to keep up with both blogging and end-of-semester grading, so I’m two days late to J.C. Derrick’s typically well-informed report for World Magazine that the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) have endorsed what’s been called the “Fairness for All” compromise: seeking to advance … More Fairness for All: Is There a Compromise Between Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights?
In our Christianity and Western Culture program at Bethel, we refer frequently to the biblical image of being surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In my experience, few witnesses have been greater than the Dutch-born writer known as Erasmus (1466?-1536). In class yesterday I mostly presented Erasmus as exemplifying how the “Catholic Reformation” … More The Education of a Christian President
Here • I’m really not looking for a new occupation, but if I were… Apparently, here’s where I should invest my energies. • How my denomination is continuing its long tradition of partnering with others in missions, this time with World Vision in the country rated 187 out of 187 by the UN Human Development … More That Was The Week That Was
I may play the role, but I’m not a historian of Christianity, or any other religion. I edit books, write articles, give papers, and blog about Pietism, and I teach courses on Christianity and Western Culture and The Reformations, but my graduate education was overseen by this guy and this guy; I somehow never took … More Matthew Bowman’s The Mormon People
In part because he wrapped up the Republican race so quickly, it’s almost been treated as a footnote that Mitt Romney will soon become the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to receive the presidential nomination of a major American political party. As the Washington Post noted in a late … More The Mormon Moment
5/24/12 – After a two-month break while my co-host Chris Moore and his wife Stacy welcomed their first child, a new episode of The Policast is now available on iTunes U. The Policast is a political affairs podcast that we’ve produced occasionally this spring and to which we’ll return in a more regular fashion as the presidential and … More On This Episode of The Policast…
I’ve been conscious this week of an odd disconnect in my life: As a scholar, I’m wary of pushing a “hermeneutic of suspicion” too far. (Or of talking too much about it — I’m no philosopher, as the following ham-handed analysis will amply demonstrate.) When using primary sources for research or teaching, I certainly understand … More On Political “Evolution”
In a sure sign that I’m either avoiding grading or preparing for a new episode of The Policast, I spent an hour of my life this week investigating this marginally interesting question: How good are political pundits and reporters at prognosticating the “veep-stakes”? That is, once a nomination for U.S. president is sewn up, how … More Veep-Stakes