Quote of the Day

The Resolutions of the National Association of Evangelicals’ Commission on Evangelical Action, organized early in the NAE’s history, give some measure of what “social action” meant to mainstream evangelical leaders in the early 1960s.  At the commission’s September 1960 meeting, members discussed the top challenges facing American evangelicals:  communism, “the Roman Catholic situation,” IRS pressure on ministers who preached politics from the pulpit, the provision of alcohol to passengers by airlines, and Hollywood’s recent “attacks on evangelical Christianity in such films as “Elmer Gantry” and “Inherit the Wind”

–Molly Worthen, Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, p. 178

I should add that my students got some good laughs yesterday when they read the line about alcohol and airlines.

Quote of the Day

“First question about Davis.  Great Confederate president, or the greatest Confederate president?”

–Stephen Colbert to James McPherson on the October 6, 2014 Colbert Report.  McPherson was on the show to discuss his recent book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

HT: The American Historian magazine, p. 9.

Quote of the Day #2

James K.A. Smith

Georgetown religion professor Jacques Berlinerblau on Calvin College philosophy professor James K.A. Smith:

Unlike the scholars mentioned earlier, Smith has figured out that the English language need not be a delivery mechanism for joylessness. His philosopher-badass-riding-in-on-a-Razor-scooter-to-the-accompaniment-of-Arcade-Fire’s-“Wake Up” persona is kind of charming.

Get some context here.  HT: Russ Reeves

Today must be the day that we discuss evangelical rock stars here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  (See my earlier post today on Randall Balmer).

Quote of the Day

From the Facebook page of Brian McGraw, a political science professor at Wheaton College. (used with permission).

“That day when you send students back their first paper and you go from being that cool prof who’s introducing all sorts of interesting questions to the jerk who gets all nit-picky about grammar, punctuation, and logic.”