Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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

  1. Max Boot’s Screed Against Historians
  2. Michael Gerson on Depression and Hope
  3. A Southern Baptist Seminary Professor Reflects on the SBC Sexual Abuse Scandal
  4. Evangelicals Love Trump’s “National Emergency” Declaration
  5. The University of Providence is the Latest School to Cut Liberal Arts Programs
  6. Sam Wineburg’s Twitter Thread About Wikipedia
  7. Timothy Dalrymple is the New President and CEO of Christianity Today
  8. A Quick Visit to the City of Angels
  9. On Historians, Public Debate, and Journalists
  10. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998

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.  Were the “20. and Odd Negroes” Slaves or Indentured Servants?
  2.  Debs: Socialism in “merely Christianity in action.”
  3.  Why NBC Dumped Bob Costas
  4.  An Anti-Racist Syllabus for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
  5.  Skype Interview Nightmares
  6.  Commonplace Book #25
  7.  When a Popular and Powerful First Lady Opposed the Women’s Suffrage Movement
  8.  What Did Trump Mean When He Capitalized “Trail” in a Tweet About Elizabeth Warren: Some Historical Context
  9.  Why Did God Allow the Great Boston Fire of 1760?
  10.  Some Thoughts on James Dobson

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 Happens When Evangelical Leaders Get Too Close to Power?
  2. Out of the Zoo: “Remembering Grandpa”
  3. The Need for Historical Thinking
  4. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read the Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  5. Colin Kaepernick’s Christian Faith?
  6. The Author’s Corner with Paul Musselwhite
  7. Good Will Hunting and the Evolution of the Market Economy in the Southern Colonies
  8. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?
  9. The Author’s Corner with Albert Louis Zambone
  10. Warhol and Burger King

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 Key Change in Evangelical Praise Songs
  2. Union College Theater Department Stages 13 Short Plays on Springsteen Songs
  3. What Should We Make of Trump’s Tweet About Bible Class in Schools
  4. Sarah Sanders: God “wanted Trump to be president”
  5. Introducing a New Column: “Out of the Zoo”
  6. A Former White House Staffer Reflects on the Court Evangelicals
  7. The Latest From Court Evangelical World
  8. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read The Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  9. Evangelical Praise Songs and the “Manilow Effect”
  10. “It seems strange that a university would praise an employee for helping to rig online polls”

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. Should We Rethink Our Response to the Covington Catholic Boys?
  2. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read The Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  3. Let’s Hope This is a “Teachable Moment” for Covington Catholics
  4. “Evangelical” Churchgoers and “Evangelical” Non-Churchgoers Rode the Trump Train in the 2016 GOP Primaries
  5. “True Reconciliation is Hard.  True Reconciliation is Worth It”
  6. Decontructing “The Schuyler Sisters”
  7. Someone Failed These Boys
  8. Wearing a MAGA Hat is Not Pro-Life
  9. Donald Trump is  Mafia Thug
  10. Wearing a MAGA Hat is Not Pro-Life

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1.  50 Court Evangelical Stories That Tell Us Much About Support for Trump in His First Two Years
  2. Max Boot Lists 18 Reasons Why Trump Could be a Russian Asset
  3. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”
  4. Jerry Falwell’s “Two Kingdoms” View is Not Only Wrong, It’s Dangerous
  5. The Political Brilliance of Trump’s Fast Food Feast
  6. Talk: The State of the Evangelical Mind on Christian College Campuses
  7. Trump’s Placelessness
  8. Progressive Catholic Priest James Martin Explains Why He is Pro-Life
  9. On Trump, Walls, and the Medieval
  10. What Would Lincoln Say?

 

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.  Trump Will Give a Speech Tomorrow Night. It Will Probably be Based on Lies and Other Assorted Falsehoods
  2. The Best Christian Bookstore in America
  3. Meet the Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn
  4. Introducing Contingent Magazine
  5. Which Response to a Presidential Address Was Worse?:
  6. Jill Lepore Talks These Truths
  7. 7 Historic Meanings of Evangelicalism
  8. The Mind of Ben Wesley
  9. Maybe Bruce Springsteen Was Born to Run Home
  10. What Hath Anabaptists To Do With Evangelicals?

Meet The Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn

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Meet Annie Thorn, our new intern!

The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog is happy to announce that we have a new intern!

Annie Thorn, a first-year history major from Kalamazoo, Michigan, has joined the team for the 2019 Spring semester and (hopefully) beyond.  Annie replaces Devon Hearn, who is off student teaching this semester in preparation for her May 2019 graduation.

Annie will be handling our “Morning Headlines” feature and will facilitate the ever-popular Author’s Corner feature.  She will also be helping us with research and other TWOILH assignments.

I first met Annie when she came to my office as a high school senior with an interest in public history. I vividly remember my conversation with Annie, her sister, her mother, and a friend.  She thought Messiah College was a bit too far from home, but I informed her that if my daughter Allyson could travel from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to Grand Rapids, Michigan to attend Calvin College then she could travel from Kalamazoo to Mechanicsburg to attend Messiah!  She was convinced. (Or I like to think that’s how it happened).  We often joke about waving to one another on the PA Turnpike as we pass each other going in the opposite directions!  🙂

As a first-year student, Annie is not sure how she will use her history major after she graduates. She is doing a public history concentration, but she also has an interest in ministry.

I am looking forward to working with her.   Please use the comments section, Facebook, and Twitter to welcome Annie to The Way of Improvement Leads Home team!

Happy New Year!

We are back after an extended holiday break!  I hope all our readers were able to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holidays.  I always look forward to the holidays as a time of relaxation, worship, family-time, and getting caught-up on reading.  Here are a few things that happened over break:

On Christmas Eve I visited Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA.  I bought some books for members of my family and I bought some books for myself:

Hearts and Minds Book Haul

I am almost done with Wolterstorff’s memoir.  It is excellent.

On December 26, 2018, I was quoted in Carol Kuruvilla’s piece at the Huffington Post: “Americans Trust Clergy Less Than Ever, Gallup Poll Finds.”

On December 30, 2018, I published a piece at History News Network: “Trump’s White Evangelicals are Nostalgic for an American Past that Never Existed for Blacks and Others.”  Most of the piece comes from my Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.

I learned that my piece “Why is Christian America Supporting Donald Trump?” was one of History News Network’s most popular posts for 2018.

I was thrilled to learn Believe Me inspired two of Jared Burkholder’s “Top Ten posts of 2018” at The Hermeneutic Circle.

On January 2, 2019, I was quoted in Greg Sargent’s Washington Post op-ed, “The walls around Trump are crumbling.  Evangelicals may be his last resort.”

On January 2, 2019, I contributed to Jerome Socolovsky’s National Public Radio story: “Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives.”

And don’t forget our coverage of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.  We have a great team of correspondents and will begin posting on January 3, 2019.  Stay tuned!

Go Get ‘Em, Devon Hearn!

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Devon Hearn

If you are a regular reader of the “Morning Headlines” or the “Author’s Corner” here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you know the name Devon Hearn.

For the last eighteen months, Devon has been our trusted intern here at the blog.  Every morning she searches news outlets for the latest headlines and posts them so that readers can think critically about the news presented to them by the media each day.  And if you are an author whose book has been featured at The Way of Improvement Leads Home you corresponded with Devon.  (Recently, one Ivy-league historian referenced her as “Fea’s blog editor”).

Along with her work at the blog, Devon was an indispensable research assistant in the writing of Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.  Funny story:  Before I assigned Devon work related to Believe Me I asked her if she would have any problem doing research on a book that was critical of Donald Trump.  She smiled , didn’t miss a beat, and said, “nope.”  I smiled back and we were off and running!  🙂

Here is what I wrote about Devon in the acknowledgments: “A very big thank you goes to Devon Hearn, my research assistant.  Devon has done the unheralded work of tracking down sources, requesting books through InterLibrary loan, and taking on tasks that have enabled me to write under a tight deadline.  And she does it all with a smile on her face!”

Devon also helped me plan the 2018 meeting of the Conference on Faith and History.  I couldn’t have done it without her spreadsheets and administrative skills.

After Christmas break Devon will begin student teaching at a local high school in preparation for a career in the history classroom. She will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in history and a social studies certification. (If I remember correctly, she is also picking up a minor in ESL).  Devon is going to be an absolutely phenomenal classroom teacher.  If you have an opening in your school for Fall 2019 send me an e-mail.  You would be crazy if you didn’t hire her!  No, seriously, send me an e-mail!!!

I am going to miss Devon’s steadying influence and “can do” attitude.  Thanks so much Devon for all your excellent work at The Way of Improvement Leads Home!

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 Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington Quadrilateral, Takes on a Historian
  2. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Report on Racism and Slavery is Well-Done and It is a Big Step in the Right Direction
  3. Darryl Hart Weighs-In on the Thomas Kidd-Jonathan Merritt Debate
  4. David Barton’s New Book
  5. Why I Defended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Statement on its Racist Past
  6. Should Evangelicals be Defined by Their Spiritual Commitments or Something Else?
  7. Yes, There Was an “Evangelical” Movement in the Eighteenth Century and it Should be Defined Theologically
  8. Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Says Maria Butina is Probably Innocent
  9. Anxious Benchers Weigh-In on the Kidd-Merritt Dust-Up
  10. Historicizing “Sweet Home Alabama”

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. All He Had to Do Was “Simply Look at the Program and Read”
  2. The President of the Master’s University and Seminary Speaks About His Poor Accreditation Report
  3. Writer Ruth Graham on “Being Ruth Graham”
  4. What is Going at The Master’s University and Seminary?
  5. Evangelical Gaslighting
  6. “Age of Hamilton” Course
  7. The George W. Bush–Michelle Obama Mind Hand-Off
  8. Would Coverage of George H.W. Bush’s Death Look Different if He Did Not Dies in the Age of Trump?
  9. “Contact my be dangerous, but so is no contact”
  10. Richard Ojeda is Running for President in 2020

Still Looking for Correspondents: 2019 American Historical Association meeting in Chicago

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Second call:

Is anyone interested in a writing a post or two (or three or four or five…) from the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago from January 3-6, 2019?

Once again The Way of Improvement Leads Home is looking for writers/correspondents to report from the conference.

What am I hoping for out of these posts/reports? Frankly, anything. Let the spirit move you. I would love to get general observations, reports on sessions you attend, job market updates, or any other kind of stuff you might have the time or inclination to write about.

Feel free to be as creative and journalistic as you want. My only requirement is that you write material while the conference is in session. I will try to get stuff posted here in real time (or thereabouts) during the conference.

Though we can’t pay you for writing, we can introduce you, your writing, and your online presence to a several thousand readers a day. Our posts on the AHA are regularly picked up at other sites and blogs as well.

If you are interested, shoot me an e-mail at jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu and we can get the ball rolling. In the meantime, check out our posts from other conferences to get an idea of what some of our previous correspondents have done:

2017 American Historical Association

2016 American Historical Association

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. Thoughts on the Death of John Allen Chau
  2. What Does a Dead Missionary Have to Do With Thanksgiving?
  3. The Effects of Climate Change
  4. Evangelical Gaslighting
  5. Rules of Engagement
  6. Is the Government Banning the Bible in California?
  7. An Evangelical-Voters Typology for the Age of Trump
  8. What is the Great Commission?
  9. Middle School 2008 vs. Middle School 2018
  10. Forget About the Flying Nun

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. Why Do Rural Whites Vote GOP?
  2. Is the Government Banning the Bible in California?
  3. Benjamin Franklin’s Thoughts on Germans
  4. Historian H.W. Brands Pains a Scenarios in Which the Battle Over Abortion Might Lead to Civil War
  5. What Happened to “Silent Night”?
  6. Middle School 2008 vs. Middle School 2018
  7. On Historians, Public Debate, and Journalists
  8. Trump Chooses Death Over Life Under the Guise of “America First.”  Where are the Court Evangelicals?
  9. Why are White Evangelicals Ambivalent About Refugees and Migrants?
  10. New Book: Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good

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. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”
  2. Lepore: “If anyone who makes an identity-based claim for a political position has to reckon with the unfortunate fact that Stephen Douglas is their forbear, not Abraham Lincoln or Frederick Douglass.”
  3. Trump and the True Meaning of Sacrifice
  4. GOP Jesus
  5. Are Younger Evangelicals Any Different From Older Evangelicals?
  6. The Fea Girls on the Championship Road
  7. Nyack College Closes Its Main Campus
  8. Trump’s Failure to Honor World War I Soldiers in France Was Yet Another Sign of His Narcissism
  9. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Saves 7 Liberal Arts Majors, History is Not One of Them
  10. Why Did So Many Hispanics in Florida Pull the Lever for Desantis Instead of Gillum?

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. Evangelicals and the Honduras Caravan
  2. WHAT????? Darryl Hart Actually Likes Something I Wrote
  3. My Favorite Negative Review of Believe Me (So Far)
  4. If You Get a Chance to Live in a Small Town, Take It
  5. It Turns Out I am Not the Only Historical/Political/Online Writer in the Family
  6. Trump: Andrew Gillum is a “Stone Cold Thief”
  7. Penn Live Endorses George Scott in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District
  8. Mike Pence Invites a Messianic Jew to Pray at His Rally
  9. Some Historical Perspective on the Trump Evangelicals
  10. More Trump Fear-Mongering

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1.  I Understand That You Held Your Nose, but You Still Voted for the Guy
  2.  In 1989, a Future Court Evangelical Tried to Convince Another Future Court Evangelical that “Jesus Was Not Poor.”
  3. What Trump Said Tonight in Wisconsin
  4. The Price Evangelicals Will Pay for a Supreme Court Seat
  5. A Retired Army General Trashes His Portrait of Robert E. Lee
  6. Jill Lepore on Our Current “Epistemological Crisis”
  7. Do We Need More Nationalism?
  8. Sunday Night Odds and Ends–October 21, 2018
  9. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?
  10. Nostalgia is a “valid, honorable, ancient, human emotion”