Why I’m Glad I Majored in History

Given my occupation, this title may suggest a one-line post: I studied history in college; I teach history at a college. But I rarely draw very much on the historical knowledge I acquired from the fine professors of the William & Mary history department. I did take a lot of modern European history courses there, but I suspect that the content of my … More Why I’m Glad I Majored in History

Best of The Pietist Schoolman: The Love of Libraries

When I first started teaching Bethel’s Christianity and Western Culture class, we went all the way from ancient Athens through the 20th century. We’ve since decided that that might be two or three too many centuries for one semester, but I do miss the week where we read through three 19th century Christian responses to … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: The Love of Libraries

The Love of Libraries

When I first started teaching Bethel’s Christianity and Western Culture class, we went all the way from ancient Athens through the 20th century. We’ve since decided that that might be two or three too many centuries for one semester, but I do miss the week where we read through three 19th century Christian responses to … More The Love of Libraries

The Joy of Reading

I don’t know anyone who loves books as much as my colleague G.W. Carlson (previously the subject of a post on Pietism in the Baptist General Conference), whom I had the pleasure of interviewing this May, just a couple of weeks before he retired from full-time teaching after having been at Bethel since 1968. (Here’s my … More The Joy of Reading

Democratizing Bartlett’s: What Kindle Readers Highlight

I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own. So said American publisher John Bartlett of his most famous work, a compendium of quotations that is still in print today. While later editors went far beyond the founder’s favorite sources (the Bible and Shakespeare) … More Democratizing Bartlett’s: What Kindle Readers Highlight