I’ve been on the road much of the month of June, traveling to Louisville, Kentucky; Phoenix, Arizona; and Oxford, UK for academic programs and activities. (And yes, I was presenting at “that” Oxford). I have no doubt I’ll more to say about some of these experiences, but at the moment, let me clean up my browser by sharing a number of links that caught my eye over the past month:
•Barry Hankins and Thomas Kidd on the Southern Baptists
•The New Deal, Raisin Production, and 2015.
•For Fathers’ Day, C.S. Lewis as adoptive father.
•How might the world’s languages be visualized?
•Ross Douthat on Pope Francis.
•Is History-writing “aggressive”?
•How did religion impact views of “Rosie the Riveter” in World War II? (This important question was addressed by Northwestern alumna Adina Johnson.)
•Peter Brown on Wealth and the Early Church.
•A number of eminent US Historians are unhappy with the AP US History’s new framework. (Full text of letter, with signatories, here.)
•What’s the “end” (telos) of the university?
•Maybe we should think anew about Cotton Mather. (Editorial: I would definitely support reading Rick Kennedy’s new book!)
•Peter Augustus Lawler isn’t so thrilled with current trends in American higher education.
•Was Thomas Jefferson partially to blame for the “contradictions” of the secular university? (Tracy McKenzie reflects.)
•Education and technology, continued.
In preparation for the New Year (which I understand is coming up soon), I thought it would be an excellent time to clear off my browser and post some links, so we can begin again in January.
First, Margaret Abruzzo would like you to know about “Indispensable Writing Tips from Famous Authors.”
Next, I see that a number of the articles still up concern education. I’ll let you tease out all the connections, but to my mind the thread between them is the on-going significance of real education, which can’t be quantified or commodified or digitized–despite all attempts in the present to do so.
•Steven Rojstaczer on the unhelpfulness of student evaluations.
•Christopher Nelson on why education as more important than the current assessment regime.
•A second Christopher Nelson piece on valuing higher education.
•Pietist Schoolman Chris Gehrz on the best metaphors for a Christian liberal arts education.
•Academic leaders who think faculty get in the way.
•On-line courses and the loss of privacy. Are you turning over data to companies unwillingly?
Michael Lindsay and James K.A. Smith in one place? Wow!
Brian Stanley lists 10 Historical Myths about World Christianity.
It’s a throw-back, but since I’ve talked to 3 people about Henrietta Mears this month, John Turner’s post is a great reference.
Publishing for the love of excellent books.
What might it mean to “be an intellectual”?
Miles Mullin on Leadership American-Style.
Big Data and Early American Print.
Finally, the obligatory link to Patriotism and Piety.
OK…Happy New Year!
Image from Spindle Mag
Yesterday, I had my review of George Marsden’s book The Twilight of the American Enlightenment published on the Web/Email Forum Public Discourse. Public Discourse is concerned about many things, but one of them is religion in public life. This review gave me a chance to reflect on this topic.
Also, publishing with Public Discourse was fun, for two reasons. First, George was my graduate school advisor, so I was happy to promote his book, as well as ask some probing questions of it–and about American life. Second, during my time in Princeton I had a chance to get to know the folks at Public Discourse. It seemed a natural fit to send this piece their way.
Read the whole piece, but the nutshell is that this is an interesting book both as a history of the “middlebrow” ideas and religious sensibilities of the 1950s and as a reflection on how American culture today should deal with religious differences. Marsden is inspired by Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper and the vision of “principled pluralism.” Generally, I think this could be promising, but it would also require lots of people to buy in–something I don’t see happening at this time.
Anyway, read the whole thing here.
If the last post was all about lots of links, think of this one as the Black Friday special. It’s just one link, but one that I appreciated.
The Center for Law and Religion Forum at St. John’s University School of Law took notice of my forthcoming Patriotism and Piety.
See the notice here.
It’s been a month since I did a links post? This might explain why my browser has gotten unwieldy. Let me serve up a Thanksgiving Feast of links for us.
Margaret Abruzzo claimed she was going to send link-bait my direction, but this is a pretty good illustration from the Temperance movement.
What’s learning all about? Christopher Nelson of St. John’s College reflects. John Fea concurs in questioning modern assessment. Nelson’s essay is well worth considering and deserves some more comment.
Elizabeth Hallowell offers some good ideas for organizing academic materials.
Miles Mullin checks in from the Evangelical Theological Society.
NYT Columnist Ross Douthat and Jesuit James Martin engage in respectful dialogue about the state of the American Catholic Church.
The Routledge Sourcebook of Religion and the American Civil War. Here’s another book to add to my stack of things to look at.
Elesha Coffman interviews Thomas Kidd on George Whitefield. John Turner reviews Kidd’s Whitefield biography.
Speaking of Thomas Kidd, he also wrote about “Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Sister.
Jill Lepore jumps from 18th Century America to Wonder Woman.
The Economist notices the rise of Christianity in China.
Anglican and Oriental Orthodox theologians agree on how to understand Christ’s incarnation…but nothing has been resolved officially, yet.
There’s no balcony in Romeo and Juliet?!?
A biography of historian David Bebbington? I’ve been assured this is one to purchase. I wonder if it comes in a quadrilateral format.
Some appreciation for Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Liebowitz–It’s been called one of the 5 greatest works of Christian fiction in the 20th century.
After all of those, it’s probably time for a nap and then some pumpkin pie!
Let me start with a confession: I have a tendency to click on links from various sites and then leave them as separate tabs in my browser. Over the course of the week, this makes my browser increasingly unwieldy.
So, this post is a bit of an experiment.
I’ll just record interesting, random things that I read this week. I’ll keep the links, but I’ll be able to close the tabs.
Of course, listing things here in no way implies endorsement. Still, if you’re reading this site, you might find them interesting, too.
41 Maps and Charts that Explain the Mid-West
Hong Kong’s Religious Revolutionaries: Do Christians Make Good Rebels?
Minnesota’s a Great Place to Live
Beware Higher Ed Doomsayers
Jay Case complains about the NYT’s Religion blind-spot
Why Ross Douthat loves Lena Dunham
15 Things You Might Not Know about Iowa
Where are College Football Fans Distributed?
About a book I want to read: How College Works
5 Questions with James K.A. Smith