Spring 09 Courses

The Spring semester at Messiah College begins on Monday. I have spent most of the last month writing, reading, blogging, and coaching girls basketball and, while I will continue to do these things, it is time for teaching to begin again.

This semester I will be teaching three courses:

HIS 399: Religion and the American Founding
This course explores the role of religion in revolutionary America and the debate over whether or not America was founded as a “Christian nation.”
Texts include Nicholas Guyatt, Providence and the Invention of the United States; Mason Locke Weems George Washington: A Life; Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Light and the Glory; Mark Noll, et.al, The Search for Christian America; David Holmes, The Faiths of the Founding Fathers; and Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore, The Godless Constitution.

HIS 323: Civil War America
A general overview of American history from 1848-1877. Texts include James McPherson, Battle Cry for Freedom; Allen Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President; Eric Foner, Reconstruction: A Short History; and Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic.

IDCR 151: Created and Called for Community
This course is required of all Messiah College first-year students. It is an interdisciplinary seminar that focuses on the reading of primary texts. Authors include Madeline L’Engle, J.R. Tolkien, Henry Nouwen, Martin Luther King, James Weldon Johnson, St. Matthew, Ernest Boyer, Robert Putnam, St. Paul, Frederick Buechner, Albert Schweitzer, Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Wang Anyi, St. Francis of Assissi, and John Paul II.

I am sure I will be doing some posts related to these course as the semester unfolds.