On the weekend of September 23 I will be giving a lecture on the religious beliefs of the founding fathers at the 8th Annual Seminar on the American Revolution at Fort Ticonderoga. After reading this, I may bring my daughter’s metal detector with me on the trip.
The National of Museum of American History is the official repository for objects related to September 11. For a few examples of what they have in their collection, click here. You can also go to the Smithsonian’s 9-11 digital archive and tell your story. If you add your 9-11 experience to the site it will … Continue reading How Did You Experience 9-11?
Yonat Shimron has it covered at Religion News Service. Here is a taste: Like his late father, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham is not a marcher. The Graham family formula has always focused on stadium-sized evangelistic revivals. But ahead of the presidential election, the evangelical preacher is borrowing a tactic used by civil rights leaders and … Continue reading Franklin Graham will lead a prayer march through Washington D.C. today
2 VPs in New York City on September 11, 2020:
If you want to understand what a university values, consider the kinds of centers and institutes they have on campus. Most centers and institutes are extra-curricular in nature and are designed to bolster the ideas and values that define the mission of the school that sponsors them. I wrote a bit about this in an … Continue reading Why Liberty University should close the Falkirk Center, and why it probably won’t happen
In Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump I wrote: It is easy for white evangelicals to look back fondly on American history. There is, of course, a lot to celebrate. We are a nation founded on the belief that human beings are “endowed by Creator with certain inalienable rights, namely, life, liberty, and the … Continue reading Nostalgia for a past that never existed
We have already encouraged you to record your coronavirus experiences. Today, our librarian at Messiah College asked us to consider having our students write something about how they are experiencing this pandemic in the hopes that we can deposit some of their reflections in the college archives. I have decided that I will ask students … Continue reading What Should History Museums Collect During This Pandemic?
A.B. Stoddard is an Associate Editor at Real Clear Politics. She is also a regular commentator on Fox News. Real Clear Politics, according to its Wikipedia page, is a “conservative news site and polling data aggregator.” Here is a taste of her letter to Bush and Obama. It is published at the conservative website, The … Continue reading Conservative Website to George Bush and Barack Obama: HELP US!
Annie Thorn is a sophomore history major from Kalamazoo, Michigan and our intern here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. As part of her internship she is writing a weekly column titled “Out of the Zoo.” It focuses on life as a history major at a small liberal arts college. In this dispatch, Annie writes about … Continue reading Back in the Zoo: Life Interrupted
Is it too late? 🙂 They say a crisis reveals character–especially in leaders. We had FDR during the Great Depression and World War II. Despite his latest antics, Rudy Giuliani led New York City in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. And then there is Donald Trump: … Continue reading Andrew Cuomo for President
Today I was talking to a reporter about impeachment and recalled a statement issued in 1998 by prominent American theologians and ethicists. A really interesting mix of evangelical and non-evangelical moral philosophers signed this statement. I have copied it below. Could we bring such a coalition of thinkers together today as we watch another POTUS … Continue reading What Did Theologians and Ethicists Say About Bill Clinton’s Impeachment in 1998?
Bruce Springsteen’s music appeals to white working people. It always has and it still does. But many of the young working-class baby boomers who connected with Springsteen in 1970s and 1980s are no longer young working class men and women. Many of them are white middle class and upper middle-class folks who can afford to … Continue reading Alterman: Democrats Must Win the Springsteen Vote
The University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has decided to rescind honorary degrees granted to three former bishops who covered-up the crimes of sexually abusive priests. The buildings named after these bishops will be renamed. Here is the full statement from The University of Scranton president Scott Pilarz, S.J.: Dear Members of … Continue reading The University of Scranton Responds to the Pennsylvania Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal
Congratulations! Here is a taste of Chris Gehrz’s interview with Melissa Borja: In your two guest posts earlier this summer, you wrote about the intersection of migration and religion. What initially drew you to this field? My fascination with the immigrant experience began with my own upbringing. My mother and father immigrated from the Philippines … Continue reading University of Michigan Historian Melissa Borja Joins “The Anxious Bench” Blog
After reading this post at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, a friend sent me Major Brian L. Stuckert‘s 2008 study of the impact of dispensationalism on American foreign policy. The paper was written as part of Stuckert’s education at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The paper is over seventy … Continue reading “The Strategic Implications of American Millennialism”
Andrew Lang is assistant professor of History at Mississippi State University. This interview is based on his new book, In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America (Louisiana State University Press, 2017). JF: What led you to write In the Wake of War? AL: Ever since I entered the field of Civil War history, I … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Andrew Lang
This is the title of a Fall series of posts at the Age of Revolutions blog. In an introductory post, Bryan Banks tells us what we can expect and sets the series in context. Here is a taste: Robert Darnton, Emeritus Harvard University librarian and renowned historian of the French Enlightenment, delivered a lecture on … Continue reading “Information Networks in the Age of Revolutions”
One of my Facebook followers recently called my attention to a 1998 document that has some implications for our present moment. The “Declaration concerning religion, ethnics and the crisis in the Clinton presidency” was signed by religious leaders and scholars seeking to bring some moral clarity to the nation during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. Look closely … Continue reading What Did Christian Scholars of Religion and Public Life Say About Bill Clinton in 1998?
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the The Rising, I listened to Bruce Springsteen’s 9-11 album several times on my recent drive from Mechanicsburg to Princeton and back. I have written about The Rising several times here at the blog. Here are some of those pieces: “Rise Up: Springsteen in Pittsburgh” (September 13, 2016) “Why … Continue reading *The Rising* at Fifteen