Mark Schwehn on Mr. Rogers

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Many readers of this blog will know Mark Schwehn of Valparaiso University from his book Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America. He is also the co-editor, with Dorothy Bass, of Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be.

Here is a taste of his Christian Century piece, “Why there is no quest for the historical Mr. Rogers”:

As with Jesus, accounts of Fred Rogers’s life and work vary widely. Very few among us had access to the real Rogers. We mostly have texts—both visual and verbal. And although the variations among these are worth pondering, not one writer to date has said something like this: Well, we really cannot be moved by Fred Rogers’s life or seek to emulate what he stood for until we can have sure access to the real Fred Rogers behind all of the verbal and visual representations of him.

Read the entire piece here.