This morning we highlighted Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s recent post at The Anxious Bench. Du Mez has some serious concerns about the direction Patheos is moving.
Now Chris Gerhz, the blogmeister of The Anxious Bench, has entered the conversation. He has similar concerns about Patheos. Here is a taste of his post:
I hope that Patheos continues to host such a diversity of voices, across and within channels, but I think it’s fair for Kristin to ask whether Warren’s termination signals that Patheos “will be hosting a censored, invitation-only conversation? Are there topics we would do well to avoid?”
But even if we get more details and stronger reassurance, I’ve got a separate concern that’s been on my mind for several months now: that Patheos doesn’t host a conversation so much as a cacophony.
Go to www.patheos.com and you can find any number of voices speaking — but only rarely to each other. With the notable exceptions of Hart, McKnight, and Progressive blogger James McGrath, I rarely get the sense that other Patheos bloggers are all that interested in what The Anxious Bench has to say. But I’m guilty of this, too: as often as I find myself reading other Patheos blogs, I rarely write posts in response to them — whether to agree, disagree, or simply provide historical context.
Read the entire post here.
Patheos bloggers continue to ask questions after the website unceremoniously dumped Warren Throckmorton.
Here is a taste of historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez‘s latest post at The Anxious Bench:
Does Patheos in fact host the conversation on faith? Or is this a sign that it will be hosting a censored, invitation-only conversation? Are there topics we would do well to avoid? (To be clear, these questions are not meant to “disparage” the site, simply to inquire about its strategic objectives going forward).
As someone who writes on feminism, on Focus on the Family, on racism and Christian nationalism, on conservative Christians and sexual abuse, on #MeToo and the church, and, yes, on Donald Trump, this question is of particular interest to me. (To be clear, I’ve never received any editorial directives from Patheos leadership; Throckmorton’s removal, however, seems to have come without warning).
Beyond censorship, I suppose there’s also the question of whose pockets we’re padding. The revenue generated from the ubiquitous ads goes somewhere. I can’t imagine my blog posts contribute in any significant way to the net wealth of folks like President Trump’s personal lawyer—he has other more lucrative streams of income, I presume.
Read the entire post here.
Over at his new blog, Warren Throckmorton has collected comments from Patheos bloggers about his unceremonious removal from the religion website.
We blogged about this here and here and here.
Here is a taste of Throckmorton’s post:
Patheos blogger Fred Clark (aka Slacktivist Fred) says I may have been “Throcked.” He offers this term to describe being fired to appease far-right donors and to warn others not to anger those donors.
Whatever the reason or reasons, some Patheos bloggers have bravely taken to their Patheos blogs to criticize the move to dismiss me from the platform. This post serves as a summary of those posts.
Read it all here.
We have covered this here and here.
Over at his new blog, Warren Throckmorton is still wondering why the religion website Patheos unceremoniously dropped his blog.
Here is a taste:
I feel this is important for me to say since Patheos Director of Content Phil Fox Rose sent an email to some bloggers yesterday implying that I knew their expectations “many months ago.” This email was sent to me by several Patheos bloggers:
As some of you know, Patheos decided to end its partnership with Warren Throckmorton. This was done after long and thoughtful consideration. The decision was not made based on a triggering event or post, and Mr. Throckmorton was advised of our expectations many months ago. This is not reflective of some change in policy. It was a specific case. This decision should not give any blogger reason to think their status is in question. We’re sorry the lack of details allows for speculation, but our commitment remains as always to be the place where conversation about faith is happening in the most robust and dynamic way. Nothing will change that. If you would like to discuss this further, please reach out to Ben, and I’m happy to talk too.
What were the expectations and how did I fail to meet them? Since I was not aware of any expectation relating to my blog (beyond the same agreement all other bloggers sign), I don’t know what Mr. Rose is talking about.
Read the entire post here. Sounds like a raw deal to me.
The powers-that-be at the religion website Patheos have ended their relationship with evangelical blogger Warren Throckmorton. We did a post on this yesterday.
Today Throckmorton wondered which one of his posts crossed the line:
COULD IT BE THE NRA POST?
At present, I have no way to know for sure but I wonder about the influence of the NRA post. I have learned that the Chairman of BN Media (owner of Patheos) is Joe Gregory. Gregory is the chairman of the National Rifle Association Ring of Freedom donor recognition program. He and his wife are charter members of the Golden Ring of Freedom which means they have donated over $1 million to the NRA.
During the most recent NRA conference, Trump supporters Diamond and Silk claimed that the NRA “helped our ancestors to protect themselves from the Democratic party.” I countered that no evidence can be found to support that claim and called on the NRA to produce evidence or retract the claim.
Much of the interest on social media has focused on the fact that Mark Driscoll and Gospel for Asia CEO K.P. Yohannan are blogging at Patheos now while I am not. Apparently, the strategic objectives of Patheos include those fellows.
Read the entire post here.
Some tweeters say we should “follow the money”:
Parmer Hall, Messiah College
When this post appears on the blog (9:50am on Monday, May 20, 2018) I will be sitting with Drew Dyrli Hermeling on the magnificent stage of Parmer Hall at Messiah College hosting a special episode of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. The episode is being recorded right now in front of a live studio audience at Messiah’s “Educator’s Day.” Every year, Messiah College’s community of educators gather on the Monday following graduation for a day of professional development. This year’s theme is “Flourishing in a Digital Age” and the administration has asked me to dedicate a podcast episode to digital scholarship and teaching at Messiah College.
We have done 38 full episodes of the podcast thus far. I have interviewed Pulitzer Prize–winning authors and all kinds of other important people in the history field, but I have never been more nervous than I am this morning. There is something different about having to host this podcast in front of a few hundred of my colleagues!
I think it is fair to say that most Messiah College educators are not familiar with the blog or the podcast. Many will be finding their way to http://www.thewayofimprovement.com from their phones and laptops as they listen to us recording the podcast on stage. If you are one of those educators, welcome to our online home! Feel free to explore a bit and get acquainted with what we have been doing here for the last ten years! 🙂
Our “Sunday Night Odds and Ends” will be posted later today, but in the meantime Sara Georgini of the Junto blog has some great links for our early American history fans. Really glad to see this feature make its return to the history blogosphere.
The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History is back with a new look and a new roster of bloggers.
Here is a taste of their first post on the new site:
I’m thrilled to introduce our new batch of full-time bloggers for us. After a very broad search with lots of fabulous applicants—we had far more qualified candidates than we had room to fill—our new “generation” of writers are positioned to take the site in exciting directions. You can find all of their bios in our “Members” pages, but here is a quick run-down:
- Carla Cevasco, an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and scholar of food, medicine and the body, and material culture in early America and the Atlantic world.
- Elbra David, who recently finished a PhD at the University of California, Irvine, on economy and law in the early republic.
- Julia Gossard, an assistant professor of history at Utah State University, who studies the history of childhood, youth, and gender in the eighteenth-century French world.
- Philippe Halbert, a doctoral student in art history at Yale University whose dissertation examines the material culture of domestic life in French and Spanish colonial Louisiana.
- Vanessa Holden, an assistant professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky, who studies the history of gender and sexuality in the antebellum South, slave rebellion and resistance, and same-gender loving individuals in the Atlantic World.
- Ebony Jones, an assistant professor of history at North Carolina State University who studies the histories of Atlantic world slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, and imperial crime and punishment.
- Lindsay Keiter, a historian of women and gender in early British North America, who currently works for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
- Adam McNeil, a soon-to-be doctoral student at the University of Delaware and scholar of nineteenth-century African American history.
- Jordan Taylor, formerly Digital Projects Editor at the Journal of American History and co-editor of the blog Process, and a PhD student at University of Indiana.
- Emily Yankowitz, an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge who will be a PhD candidate in history at Yale this fall.
Read the rest here. Welcome back, Junto!