Larycia Hawkins Lands at the University of Virginia

Former Wheaton College political science professor Larycia Hawkins will spend the next three years at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Here is a taste of a piece at the Chronicle of Higher Education: Larycia A. Hawkins, the associate professor of political science who was placed on leave by Wheaton … Continue reading Larycia Hawkins Lands at the University of Virginia

Did Wheaton College and Larycia Hawkins Really “Reconcile?”

Jacob Lupfer, a graduate Oklahoma Baptist University and a doctoral candidate in political science at Georgetown University, is not buying it. Here is a taste of his recent piece at Religion News Service: (RNS) The ongoing drama of Professor Larycia Hawkins’ strained relationship with her employer, evangelical Wheaton College, was headed for a climactic heresy … Continue reading Did Wheaton College and Larycia Hawkins Really “Reconcile?”

A Wheaton College Faculty Member Breaks the Silence on the Larycia Hawkins Affair

Everyone is talking about Wheaton College and Larycia Hawkins.  Even the president of the other Wheaton College is getting heat for it. Over the past week or so I have been in communication with a few Wheaton faculty members to learn more about what is happening in this whole Larycia Hawkins affair.  What I have learned … Continue reading A Wheaton College Faculty Member Breaks the Silence on the Larycia Hawkins Affair

Attention Christian Colleges: Larycia Hawkins May Be on the Job Market

When Larycia Hawkins put on a hijab and said that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, Wheaton College Provost Stanton Jones had some “concerns.”  He asked the political science professor to address them. Hawkins responded with a “theological statement.”  She has now posted that statement on her website.  You can read it here. Hawkins’s … Continue reading Attention Christian Colleges: Larycia Hawkins May Be on the Job Market

Wheaton College Goes Forward With Termination Proceedings in the Larycia Hawkins Case

This is what it has come down to at Wheaton College.  Christianity Today is reporting that Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor who wore a hijab during Advent and said that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, is probably on her way out. Here is a taste of the CT piece: Wheaton College’s provost has … Continue reading Wheaton College Goes Forward With Termination Proceedings in the Larycia Hawkins Case

Hart: Larycia Hawkins Should Wear a Hijab on the Fourth of July

Wheaton College Darryl Hart thinks that the theology I have used to defend Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins’s decision to wear a hijab during Advent is too inclusive.   Here is what I wrote: I think Hawkins is trying to say that we all belong to the same family–the human family. And there are times, … Continue reading Hart: Larycia Hawkins Should Wear a Hijab on the Fourth of July

Mark Noll Talks Trump, Hawkins, and the Evangelical Mind

Check out this interview with Noll at The Wheaton Record, the student newspaper of Wheaton College.  As many of you know, Noll taught at Wheaton for 27 years before moving to Notre Dame for the final decade of his teaching career.  In this wide-ranging interview Noll talks about Donald Trump’s election, the Larycia Hawkins case at Wheaton, … Continue reading Mark Noll Talks Trump, Hawkins, and the Evangelical Mind

Do Evangelical Colleges Explain Why So Many Evangelicals Voted for Trump?: Adam Laats Responds.

I am very pleased that Professor Adam Laats has agreed to respond to my critique of his History News Network piece.   In case you are new to the conversation, you can get up to speed by following these links: Laats’s original piece: “What Were White Evangelicals Thinking?“ My response: “Are Christian Colleges Partly to … Continue reading Do Evangelical Colleges Explain Why So Many Evangelicals Voted for Trump?: Adam Laats Responds.

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week: Academic writing and literary writing The past and politics in southwestern Virginia Ben Franklin’s glass armonica The most influential politician in history The early American indigenous arms race More on the Larycia Hawkins and her hijab at Wheaton College Understanding conservatives Francois Furstenberg reviews Sarah … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends

Academic Freedom: From the University of Washington to Wheaton College

Several years ago Tracy McKenzie moved from the University of Washington to Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  He is thus ideally suited to speak about the issues surrounding academic freedom at Wheaton in the context of the Larycia Hawkins case. Here is a taste of his post “Academic Freedom in a Christian Context” from his … Continue reading Academic Freedom: From the University of Washington to Wheaton College