If you’re like me, you emerged from the Christmas special that served as the final episode of the third series of Downton Abbey with two questions: 1. What kind of a tacked-on, half-baked ending was THAT?!?! I’ll never watch again! (aloud) 2. When does the next series start? (unspoken) Answers: 1. It’s Christmas show tradition, says … More Life after Downton: A Survival Guide
Here • My post on the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 became my first to be featured by WordPress on its “Freshly Pressed” page! • Academic historians just need to stop whining about “popular” historians. Now. • The second part of my series on the commemoration of World War I in Minnesota … More That Was The Week That Was
Here • What, you say you’d like some advice on how to use a State Department document in your prayer life? Sure, no problem. • Diana Butler Bass calls it “Christianity after religion”; Jay Phelan says it’s actually “neo-Pietism.” Me? Well… • I strove to follow the injunction of Psalm 34:14 (per this translation) with … More That Was The Week That Was
Here • How technological innovation spread over the course of the twentieth century. I still can’t believe a majority of Americans before the mid-1990s didn’t own a dishwasher! • RIP John Keegan. • More Albums A to Z: Elvis Costello’s King of America. • Did you ever think that Mrs. Doubtfire looked a little bit … More That Was The Week That Was
A pretty heavy blogging week here at The Pietist Schoolman, partly because it was my first real week off for the summer and partly because I know my writing output will drop next week while my family travels to Virginia for a vacation. Here • My summer reading list is heavy on World War I, … More That Was The Week That Was
This is a couple weeks old now, but in case, like me, you don’t happen read the L.A. Review of Books religiously but, like me, do happen to be a fan of Sherlock Holmes — and especially if, like me, your favorite pre-J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies are The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered … More Nicholas Meyer on Sherlock Holmes
Seeing as how I spent part of my Monday post tearing into a Washington Post op-ed piece that vilified small college faculties for the few hours they put into their job, then followed it on Tuesday by spotlighting a couple of articles about the value of the liberal arts, today I’d like to praise another … More The U of M
It’s Spring Break here at Bethel University, so I’m going to take a break from blogging the rest of the week in order to focus on some other projects. In the meantime, I’ll reprise some posts I especially enjoyed writing: one each from December 2011, January 2012, and February 2012. First up, my enthusiastic response … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: Sherlock!
Earlier this month I took a break from blogging about history, teaching, and theology in order to share my love of Sherlock Holmes — most recently as the character was embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch in a BBC show that will have its second series of episodes premiere Stateside next year. Until that premiere, I’ve tried … More More Sherlock!
The day after we got back from Thanksgiving travels my wife and kids went to bed early, so I seized the chance to watch something I’d had on our queue for a long time: the first episode of the BBC’s Sherlock, an updating of the Sherlock Holmes character to the 21st century that features the … More Sherlock!