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 12, 2017

0 Comments

The Second Great Awakening: From Rural Revival to National Social Movement

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.

Continue reading...

February 9, 2017

10 Comments

Scripture and Culture-Making: What Christian Colleges could Learn from Rabbinic Higher Education

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

Continue reading...
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 do this for the good of the people. Is this the voice of God, or the voice of Ferreira?

February 8, 2017

0 Comments

Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and Our Strange New Evangelical America, by Rebecca K. Reynolds

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 […]

Continue reading...

February 2, 2017

3 Comments

Do America’s Colleges Need Revival?

Before we can learn anything from Jonathan Edwards, we first need to humble ourselves as he did on that fateful day in 1734, when he finally admitted that “business as usual” was failing his students.

Continue reading...
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 30, 2017

0 Comments

The First Great Awakening: From a British Revival to the American Revolution

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

Continue reading...

January 24, 2017

Comments Off on Revival and Moral Philosophy: A Puritan Vision for American Higher Education

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.

Continue reading...

January 20, 2017

29 Comments

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.

Continue reading...
“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 18, 2017

Comments Off on Andrew Garfield on the Ignatian journey that led him through ‘Silence’ and into the love of Christ

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

Continue reading...

January 17, 2017

Comments Off on The College Chapel: Puritan Relic or Campus Hot Spot?

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

Continue reading...
"That which is belittled in plain speech finds the respect it warrants in the subtleties of metaphor.” -Donald Braun

January 15, 2017

Comments Off on Infographic Analysis: Another Reason Why MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Was So Powerful, by Maria Popova

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

Continue reading...
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.

January 2, 2017

Comments Off on A Bump in Leadership, Ethics (and Pay): Making a Case for an Arts and Sciences Education

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.

Continue reading...
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 a decent place to start.

December 20, 2016

Comments Off on 2016 Movies and TV Reflect Americans’ Changing Relationship with Faith, by Alissa Wilkinson

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 […]

Continue reading...
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 7, 2016

Comments Off on History isn’t a ‘useless’ major: It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

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.

Continue reading...
"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 2, 2016

Comments Off on Court Rules in Favor of Canada’s Largest Christian University in Religious Liberties Accreditation Case

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.

Continue reading...
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.

November 1, 2016

Comments Off on Jesus and the Dispossessed, by Justin Phillips

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.

Continue reading...