Franklin Graham will lead a prayer march through Washington D.C. today

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

Why Liberty University should close the Falkirk Center, and why it probably won’t happen

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

What Should History Museums Collect During This Pandemic?

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?

What Did Theologians and Ethicists Say About Bill Clinton’s Impeachment in 1998?

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?

Alterman: Democrats Must Win the Springsteen Vote

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 Responds to the Pennsylvania Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

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

University of Michigan Historian Melissa Borja Joins “The Anxious Bench” Blog

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

“The Strategic Implications of American Millennialism”

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”

What Did Christian Scholars of Religion and Public Life Say About Bill Clinton in 1998?

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?