Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. First Baptist Dallas “Christian America” Billboard Comes Down
  2. “The Fear Sweepstakes”
  3. Robert Jeffress Rallies the Faithful for His Sermon “America is a Christian Nation”
  4. “Trump…is the logical conclusion of a conservative evangelicalism that is built on a foundation of sand”
  5. The Bible and Anti-Immigration
  6. My Latest Piece at Religion News Service: “Why aren’t most of Trump’s ‘court evangelicals’ publicly condemning his border policy?”
  7. Newt Gingrich Wants to Send Me a Copy of His New Book
  8. Some Court Evangelicals Break Ranks on Trump’s Immigration Policy
  9. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is Removed from Public Ministry
  10. Jeff Sessions and Romans 13

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Can the Southern Baptist Convention Think of Any More Ways to Shoot Itself in the Foot?
  2. Virginia Southern Baptist Pastor: Replace Pence Speech With a Time of Prayer
  3. Black Evangelicals and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision
  4. More on the Paige Patterson Story from The Washington Post
  5. Jeff Sessions and Romans 13
  6. Mike Pence Will Visit the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention
  7. Mike Pence Delivers a Trump Stump Speech at the Southern Baptist Convention
  8. The Believe Me Meme Series is Here!
  9. It’s Official: Monticello Affirms Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children with Sally Hemings
  10. Romans 13 in American History

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Are the Philadelphia Eagles Part of the 19%?
  2. Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem?
  3. Some Quick Thoughts on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
  4. Southeastern Seminary: “At this time there has been no evidence discovered that disputes or discredits our former student’s account”
  5. Will Paige Patterson Still Deliver the Keynote Sermon at the Southern Baptist Annual Meeting?
  6. Franklin Graham Calls Sanctuary Cities “just a little picture of hell”
  7. Robert Jeffress Backs Paige Patterson
  8. Paige Patterson’s Attorney Says His Client is the Victim of “wide-spread misrepresentation and misinformation”
  9. Warren Throckmorton is Out at Patheos
  10. Should InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Be Kicked Off Campus at Wayne State University?

Chris Gehrz: “Can Patheos Continue to ‘Host the Conversation on Faith’?”

Anxious-Bench-squareThis 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.

Another Patheos Blogger Wants to Know What is Going on at Patheos

Anxious-Bench-squarePatheos 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.

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Did Paige Patterson Take Letters Dealing With an Alleged Rape from the Southeastern Seminary Archives?
  2. This Time Paige Patterson is REALLY Out at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  3. Warren Throckmorton is Out at Patheos
  4. What Patheos Bloggers are Saying about the Website’s Decision to Dump Warren Throckmorton
  5. Franklin Graham: Progressive?  That’s just another word for godless
  6. Alabama Religion Columnist:  “The swamp’s got nothing” on the Southern Baptist Convention
  7. As of Now, Paige Patterson Will Still Deliver the Keynote Sermon at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention
  8. Paige Patterson’s Former Retirement Home
  9. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  10. Robert Jeffress Backs Paige Patterson

What Patheos Bloggers are Saying About the Website’s Decision to Dump Warren Throckmorton

ThrockOver 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.

It is Still Not Clear Why Patheos Dropped Warren Throckmorton

ThrockWe 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.

Warren Throckmorton Says More About His Ousting at Patheos

ThrockThe 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.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

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.

Ponder that.

Read the entire post here.

Some tweeters say we should “follow the money”:

Welcome Messiah College Community of Educators!

Parmer

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!  🙂

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  2. What is Happening at Ohio Christian University and Columbia International University?
  3. Southern Baptist Women Have Had Enough of Paige Patterson
  4. Calvin University
  5. A Recent Southwestern Baptist Seminary Graduate Urges Paige Patterson to Resign
  6. Court Evangelical Franklin Graham: Trump’s Affair With Stormy Daniels is “Nobody’s Business”
  7.  Paige Patterson’s World
  8. What James Dobson Said in 1998 About Moral Character and the Presidency
  9. Two Court Evangelicals Will Establish the “Congress of Christian Leaders”
  10. Paige Patterson Fires a Student and Takes Away His Financial Aid After a Disloyal Tweet

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Paige Patterson’s World
  2. Kevin Kruse Breaks Twitter Again
  3. The Trump Administration Artist
  4. What James Dobson Said in 1998 About Moral Character and the Presidency
  5. America Got What It Deserved Last Night
  6. Paige Patterson “does not often get criticized without the critic receiving significant backlash”
  7. Conference on Faith and History Biennial Conference Update
  8. Another Conservative Misses the Point of History Education
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and American Slavery
  10. The Hypocrisy of It All

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1.  The Author’s Corner With April Holm
  2.  Cal Thomas Rips the Court Evangelicals
  3.  The President of Fuller Seminary’s Speech at the Wheaton Consultation on Evangelicalism
  4.  Just for the Record: I Did Not Organize the Wheaton Consultation on Evangelicalism
  5.  Katelyn Beaty Weighs-In on the Wheaton Consultation on Evangelicalism
  6.  Rethinking the History Survey Course
  7.  Who Did You Thank in Your Ph.D Dissertation Acknowledgments?
  8.  In 1787 I’m told…
  9.  Want to Work at Google?  Take Some Humanities Courses.  Or Better Yet, MAJOR in the Humanities!
  10. Watch Out for the “Marxist Brain Trust” Who Gathered at Wheaton College This Week!

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Court Evangelicals: How Dare These Other Evangelical Leaders “Steal the Microphone” From Us
  2. “Red Evangelicals” and “Blue Evangelicals”
  3.  Jerry Falwell and the “Taming” of the Liberty University Faculty
  4.  The Way of Improvement Leads Home Turns 10 in June.  What Comes Next?
  5.  Someone Give the Governor of Alabama a History Lesson
  6.  Who is Teaching Your Introductory History Courses?
  7.  Religion Dispatches Reviews Believe Me
  8.  OAH 2018 Dispatch: Digital History
  9.  What Do You Get When You Google “Evangelicals”
  10.  Possible Paul Ryan Replacement: “I have not heard the President lie.”

 

The Junto is Back!

JuntoThe 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!

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Bill Hybels Resigns as Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church
  2. Falwell  Jr. to the Red Letter Christians: Don’t Pray On Our Campus
  3. Bill Hybels Doubles Down: “The accusations you hear in the Tribune are just flat-out lies”
  4. The True Story Behind Academic Conferences
  5. Are the “God is Not Dead” Films Christian?
  6. Are There Any Evangelical Intellectuals Who Support Donald Trump?
  7. Publishers Weekly Interview for Believe Me
  8. Where are Evangelicals Going This Weekend?
  9. Evangelicals and the Stormy Daniels Bump
  10. White Supremacy in the History of American History Textbooks

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. The Author’s Corner with Brian Regal
  2. What Does a Humanities Professor Do When a College Cuts the Humanities?
  3. Alan Jacobs on White Christian Males in the Academy
  4. What “Scooby Doo” Can Teach Us About Museums and Material Culture
  5. Teaching the American Revolution
  6. Bill Hybels Doubles Down: “The accusations you hear in the Tribune are just flat-out lies”
  7. How Do We Assess Student Learning in History?
  8. Can You Write “On the Side?”
  9. What is Going on With Bill Hybels and Willow Creek?
  10. Original Sin Liberalism

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home

  1.  My Piece on Trump and Pornography at Today’s Washington Post
  2.  Christian Nationalism and Evangelical Support for Donald Trump
  3.  Can Robert Jeffress Be This Oblivious?
  4.  What is Happening at Taylor University?
  5.  Bill Hybels Doubles Down
  6.  What is Going On With Bill Hybels and Willow Creek?
  7.  Episode 34: Twitterstorians
  8. Apparently Conan O’Brien Read My Washington Post Piece on Trump and Stormy
  9. Donald Trump, King David, and Stormy Daniels
  10. Conflicting Views at First Baptist Dallas