More than a century before the New Deal, Public Education, or the Civil Rights movements, the Second Great Awakening fostered a nation-wide “benevolent empire” of care for the poor, freedom for the oppressed and education for all.
February 9, 2017
Today’s teenagers know abundant details about the lives of favorite musicians and television stars or about what it takes to get into a good college, but most are not very clear on who Moses and Jesus were. -Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton
February 8, 2017
So many people my age feel abandoned by our own older faith heroes. In dire national circumstances, we have watched several of our evangelical heroes abandon the ideals they have taught us–urging us to make alliances with forces hostile to our faith. They have told us that this is loving. They have told us to […]
January 30, 2017
By linking the choice of new birth with his audience’s choice of a new American identity, British evangelist George Whitefield provided a common American experience that unified diverse colonists who lacked a common identity
January 24, 2017
Comments Off on Revival and Moral Philosophy: A Puritan Vision for American Higher Education
The leaders of these colleges were key to a surprising intellectual synthesis of revival and common-sense moral philosophy that dominated American thinking from 1790 to 1865 and which led to the remarkable Christianization of American society.
January 20, 2017
Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God: The Great Awakening and the Birth of American Celebrity Culture
Think the fiery Puritan who preached America’s most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God,” would threaten to dangle celebrities over the pit of hell? Think again.
January 18, 2017
Comments Off on Andrew Garfield on the Ignatian journey that led him through ‘Silence’ and into the love of Christ
“What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing.” -Andrew Garfield
January 17, 2017
Comments Off on The College Chapel: Puritan Relic or Campus Hot Spot?
If James K. A. Smith is correct that Jesus establishes particular ‘hot spots of sacramentality’ and endues them with a special sense of God’s presence, then the Christian college chapel needs to be a significant ‘hot spot’ on campus
January 15, 2017
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Infographic Analysis: Another Reason Why MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Was So Powerful, by Maria Popova
“That which is belittled in plain speech finds the respect it warrants in the subtleties of metaphor.” -Donald Braun
January 2, 2017
Comments Off on A Bump in Leadership, Ethics (and Pay): Making a Case for an Arts and Sciences Education
Graduates who report that in college they talked with faculty members about nonacademic and academic subjects outside class are nearly twice as likely to have become leaders in their localities or professions.
December 20, 2016
Comments Off on 2016 Movies and TV Reflect Americans’ Changing Relationship with Faith, by Alissa Wilkinson
Art provides a place for us to deal with our own fears and search for meaning. Entertainment lets us do this together. When we’re trying to figure out one another while also sorting out our own beliefs about right, wrong, belief, doubt, and the transcendent, it looks, from 2016, like we’ve decided the screen is […]
November 7, 2016
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History isn’t a ‘useless’ major: It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of
The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.
November 2, 2016
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Court Rules in Favor of Canada’s Largest Christian University in Religious Liberties Accreditation Case
“This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism, can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in itself intolerant and illiberal,” concludes the 66-page unanimous decision signed by Chief Justice Robert Bauman and four other justices.
November 1, 2016
Comments Off on Jesus and the Dispossessed, by Justin Phillips
If white evangelicals wish to be reconciled with people of color, then they should confess precisely how they have been possessed by something other than the faith they proclaim, irrespective of the repercussions that will befall the penitent and their structures of power.