The Author’s Corner with Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor is an Associate Professor of History along with Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. This interview is based on her new book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (The University of North Carolina Press, 2018). JF: What led you to write Embattled Freedom? AT: For a number of years, while … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Amy Taylor

What is Happening (Again) at Taylor University?

In March we posted on disgruntled conservative employees at the evangelical Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.  Today we learn that a Taylor professor kissed and inappropriately touched a student rape victim who sought his counsel. Here is a taste of an article at Inside Higher Education: A professor at Taylor University, who built the evangelical institution’s well-known … Continue reading What is Happening (Again) at Taylor University?

What is Happening at Taylor University?

Taylor University is an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Indiana.  It is a great school. According to this piece at Christianity Today, the school appears to have a faction of conservative faculty and staff who believe that it is moving in a “liberal” direction. These disgruntled employees started an anonymous newspaper titled Excalibur.  The creators of Excalibur–a philosophy … Continue reading What is Happening at Taylor University?

The Author’s Corner With William Harrison Taylor

William Harrison Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Alabama State University.  This interview is based on his new book Unity in Christ and Country: Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758-1801 (University of Alabama Press, 2017). JF: What led you to write Unity in Christ and Country WHT: This project had its origins during my time in graduate … Continue reading The Author’s Corner With William Harrison Taylor

Alan Taylor: “We honor the founders best by sustaining their debates over core principles of government.”

As a historian, I think it is fair to say that there is much about the 2016 presidential race that is unprecedented. But, as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor reminds us, even the founding fathers fought bitterly over the best way to secure a bright future for the United States. Here is a taste of … Continue reading Alan Taylor: “We honor the founders best by sustaining their debates over core principles of government.”

Jurgen Habermas and Charles Taylor Receive Kluge Prize

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress “brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.” Every year the Kluge Center presents the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in … Continue reading Jurgen Habermas and Charles Taylor Receive Kluge Prize

The Difference Between Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor

Joshua Zeitz has a great piece at The Atlantic commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.  I love when historians write about Bruce Springsteen.  Zeitz situates Born to Run in both the Springsteen biography and the cultural and economic developments of the 1970s.Here is Zeitz on the difference between the singer-songwriter crowd … Continue reading The Difference Between Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor

Alan Taylor Wins Another Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced.  Alan Taylor of the University of Virginia has won the Pulitzer in History for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.   This is Taylor’s second Pulitzer.  He won in 1996 for William Cooper’s Town. Finalists were Jacqueline Jones and Eric Schlosser. See all the 2014 winners here.

The Eastern Mennonite University “Weather Vane” Covers the *Believe Me* Book Tour

The Believe Me book tour visited Harrisonburg, Virginia last week.  Student reporters Jake Meyers and Allie Weaver of The Weather Vane report: Dr. John Fea had three main targets when he wrote his book “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump”: white evangelicals who voted for the current president, white evangelicals who did not, and everyone else. A … Continue reading The Eastern Mennonite University “Weather Vane” Covers the *Believe Me* Book Tour

The National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Adopt a “Fairness for All” Motion

The National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have endorsed “Fairness for All,” a legislative initiative to protect religious liberties alongside liberties for the LGBTQ community.  This means that these organizations are endorsing so-called Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) laws, or laws that add sexual orientation and gender identity … Continue reading The National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Adopt a “Fairness for All” Motion

Al Mohler’s Report on Slavery and Racism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Read it here. Justin Taylor has summarized the 66-page report in a post at The Gospel Coalition: The following 13 points constitute a summary of the findings in the 66-page report: The seminary’s founding faculty all held slaves. The seminary’s early faculty and trustees defended the righteousness of slaveholding. Upon Abraham Lincoln’s election, the seminary … Continue reading Al Mohler’s Report on Slavery and Racism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary