Does Trump have any support at evangelical colleges?

I haven’t much time to chat with my colleagues about politics this semester. I mostly go to campus to teach my classes and then return home for meetings and office hours via ZOOM. So I honestly don’t know if any of my colleagues are supporting Trump in November, but I imagine that if there are Trump voters among the faculty the number is small.

I don’t have a good pulse on the student body this year due to COVID-19, but I am sure there is a pro-Trump constituency among the student body.

So what is happening at other Christian colleges? Insider Higher Ed talked with Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & University. She was very diplomatic: “President Trump has taken actions on issues like abortion and religious freedom that are important to Christians…But President Trump’s actions distress many who have deeper faith practices. I think the president’s behavior has made it a hard choice.”

The reporter, Kery Murakami, also spoke with professors at Wheaton College, Union University, Calvin University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Pepperdine University. Richard Mouw is also mentioned, but his name is misspelled.

Read the entire piece here.

Christian Historians and Social Media: Part Five

Over at Religion in American History, Jonathan Den Hartog wraps up a week’s work of coverage of the Christian Historians and Social Media panel at the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History

For an introduction to the session and the series of posts that have appeared this week, see Jonathan Den Hartog’s post at Historical Conversations.  I also live-tweeted the session from the platform. You can read those tweets @johnfea1 or #cfh2014.  You can also read my contribution to the roundtable here.  Chris Gehrz’s contribution to the roundtable can be found at his blog, The Pietist Schoolman.  And Paul Putz weight in here.

Here is a taste of Jonathan’s wrap-up:

In the session, we were fortunate to have some live-tweeting going on. Some of it even came from our panelists! Chris Gehrz collected the relevant tweets here. For even more, you can follow the twitter hashtag #CFH2014. (This may generate some reflection on how a live-tweeted session may be communicated differently to the twitterverse than as experienced by participants.)

We have also had some web feed-back, with reflections from Warren Throckmortonand John Wilsey.

We wanted to use the Comments section of this post as a final place for interaction. If this conversation is of interest anywhere, it should be to the readers of and contributors to this blog.

So, with all of that background material, the digital floor is now open for comments and questions.

Conference on Faith and History is Underway!

My session on social media will take place in the Smothers Theater

It’s another beautiful day in Malibu.  The Seaver College outdoor plaza is buzzing with Christian historians enjoying a nice continental breakfast in the sun.  Jay Green of Covenant College has put together an amazing program for this year’s biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History.

There is a decent Messiah College contingency here at Pepperdine. Messiah College history alums Brooke Strayer and Amanda Mylin are on the program.  So is Devin Manzullo-Thomas, the director of the Sider Institute.  Jim LaGrand is chairing a very interesting panel on public history.  At some point I hope to get everyone together for a picture.

Later today (2;15pm–West coast time) I will be joining Jonathan Den Hartog, Chris Gehrz, and Paul Putz on a panel entitled “Christian Historians and the Social Media.”  I am also looking forward to Colleen McDannell’s afternoon plenary address: “Heritage Religion and the Mormons.”  Tonight John Wigger will be delivering the CFH presidential address. His talk is entitled “Reaching a Wider Audience.”

I also don’t want to miss a roundtable on David Bebbington’s “Quadrilateral Thesis.”  Jonathan Yeager (a Bebbington student), Mark Noll, Darren Dochuk, and Molly Worthen will be assessing Bebbington’s now classic Evangelicalism in Modern Britain.

And this is only day 1!  Stay tuned for more updates and follow the Twitter stream at #cfh2014

An Early Report from the 2014 Conference on Faith and History Meeting

Life is good here in Malibu.  I am enjoying the sun and the ocean breeze.  The undergraduate conference is now over and I am awaiting the start of the main meeting of the Conference on Faith and History.  Civil War historian Allen Guelzo will be speaking tonight.  In case you want to follow more closely, I (and many others) are tweeting at #cfh2014

Today I sat on a panel on whether or not we should be watching the History Channel, met for coffee with some folks, and saw my former advisee, Brooke Strayer, present her paper on the peace movement (or lack thereof) in the Brethren in Christ Church.  Here are some pics from the day:

Hanging out with Jay Green of Covenant College, Pepperdine 2014 program chair and incoming Vice President of the Conference on Faith and History
Brooke Strayer “waxes” eloquent from the Pepperdine Surfboard Museum
The Agoura Hills Sheraton must have an evangelical connection

My location as I write this post.  Life is good