Is evangelical opposition to Donald Trump simply evidence of elitism? That was the argument of Matthew Schmitz, who didn’t so much counter Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli’s critique of Trump as dismiss Galli and his CT colleagues as elite evangelicals — and therefore, by Schmitz’s definition, not really evangelical at all: …evangelical leaders who have come … More The Problems and Possibilities of Evangelical Populism
If you’re a sports fan, I hope you can join us for our next Pietist Schoolman Travel tour: Sports in American History / June 28-July 5, 2020. For $2,400, you get the following • Tickets to baseball games at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field • Admission to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, National Baseball Hall … More The Ultimate Sports History Tour
Today I’d like to revive a kind of holiday tradition from the early years of The Pietist Schoolman: going through some “best of” lists to curate a list of histories and biographies that might make for good Christmas presents for my readers. This year I’ll draw on year-end recommendations from the New York Times (NYT), Publishers Weekly … More The Best History Books of 2019?
After day dreaming about this for months, today I’m happy to announce our next tour with Pietist Schoolman Travel! Sports in American History — June 28-July 5, 2020 Download the brochure to read all the details, including what’s included in the trip cost of $2,400, and then fill in your application. But for a taste, … More Announcing Our “Sports in American History” Trip — June 28-July 5, 2020
I considered a Twitter controversy about plants, the notion of “comfort colleges,” and the impact of the First World War on Native American identity. Elsewhere: • “America is at an awkward age,” began Elizabeth Stice’s thoughtful essay on history and heritage. “We are old enough to be embarrassed by our parents, but not mature enough … More That Was The Week That Was
One reason my blogging here has been rather hit-or-miss lately is that I’ve been busy researching my “spiritual, but not religious” biography of Charles A. Lindbergh. I didn’t repeat last summer’s productive East Coast swing through Lindbergh papers at Yale University and the Library of Congress, but I have been reading a wide variety of … More Lindbergh and the Space Race
As I conclude this series previewing possible future tours for Pietist Schoolman Travel, be sure to take today’s post with the biggest grain of salt. The concept is the least well-formed in my mind, both because it’s the furthest away (summer 2022) and on a topic that I’ve never taught. In fact, I’m not even sure … More Future Tours: The American Civil War
Seventy-five years ago this morning, about 160,000 American, British, Canadian, and other Allied troops landed at five beaches along the coast of Normandy, beginning the liberation of western Europe from German occupation. Our Pietist Schoolman Travel group — which formally began its world wars tour today in London — will be at Pointe du Hoc and … More 75 Years Later… An Oral History of D-Day
For a post that was dashed off around 8pm on a Friday night, my explanation of how the Covenant Church taught me that “I’m a Pietist” got a remarkably strong readership. Clearly, it struck a chord with others who cherish that heritage — but perhaps also some who are new to it. Perhaps some who … More So You Want to Learn More about Pietism…
“What are we history professors for?” That’s the existential question asked by Rachel Wheeler in the current issue of Perspectives, the monthly magazine of the American Historical Association. Wheeler urged fellow Americanists, at least, to respond to white nationalism by offering students a different kind of national story. But she acknowledged that this was not … More Is Teaching Like Preaching?