Remember the Larycia Hawkins controversy at Wheaton College? If not, get caught-up here. It now looks as if the controversy is the subject of a documentary that will appear later this month at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Read all about it here.
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
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?”
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
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
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
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
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Academic entrepreneurs Lincoln and the West David Blight on Frederick Douglass and the “possibility of America” Another defense of the lecture Too much democracy? Should the names of John Crist’s victims be released? Did the Aztecs thing Cortez was a god? Elizabeth Ann Seton and … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
This is why many evangelicals turn to a strongman like Donald Trump. They believe that their religious liberties are under attack and Trump will defend them. Whatever one thinks about Russel Vought’s religious beliefs or the way he handled Bernie’s grilling, what happened here should concern all of us. Even atheists are concerned. This seems … Continue reading What is Bernie Sanders Doing?
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
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.
On Friday we published Marilynne Robinson’s response to Alan Jacobs’s Harpers essay on Christian intellectuals. You can read that post, with all the pertinent links, here. Since we posted this piece I learned that Jacobs has responded. Here is a taste: I am not sure why Robinson writes “I think the word ‘secularist’ itself is … Continue reading Alan Jacobs: Christian Intellectual
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
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
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: 1. This May Be the Best “Acknowledgments” Section of All Time 2. Would David Barton Vote for Thomas Jefferson? 3. Slacktivist: I Appreciate Your Concern (I Really Do), But I Think I Will Be OK 4. Why Teach … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
Here are some of my thoughts about evangelical higher education in light of the Larcyia Hawkins case at Wheaton College. I pitched it a few places, but no one seemed to want it. My opinions here are solely my own. Regular readers at The Way of Improvement Leads Home will find some of this stuff … Continue reading What is a Christian College?
A few hours ago I wrote a post on Timothy Larsen’s insider remarks about the Larycia Hawkins affair at Wheaton College. Here are some more thoughts on that piece: I think we need to remember that there are different levels of critique about what is going on Wheaton. For the mainstream media and the … Continue reading Why I Agree with Timothy Larsen
The Chronicle of Higher Education has weighed-in on the Larcyia Hakwins case at Wheaton College. Here is a taste: Yet Ms. Hawkins and others question how welcoming Wheaton is of diverse viewpoints and styles. “All evangelical colleges have to ask what diversity means,” said Gary M. Burge, a professor of New Testament who added that he finds … Continue reading Even More Wheaton College Stuff
Everyone is talking about Wheaton College. I just got back from the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta and it seemed like everyone I ran into wanted to chat about the Larycia Hawkins case. I had conversations with three difference kind of people this weekend in Atlanta: Evangelical historians. These conversations were … Continue reading More on Wheaton College
We are slowly getting more information about the Larycia Hawkins case at Wheaton College. In this article at the website of Time, several more Wheaton professors speak out in defense of Hawkins. Elizabeth Dias, the Time reporter on the story, and a Wheaton graduate (she doesn’t identify herself in this way in the byline), has obtained access to e-mails … Continue reading Wheaton College: What a Mess!