Earlier this week NPR's Mary Louise Kelly interviewed NASA administrator (and former Republican Representative from Oklahoma), Jim Bridenstine, on All Things Considered. When asked, "Why do humans have to go to Mars?" Bridenstine remarked that its not just human nature to explore, but "its who we are as a country." That's why "we" ventured to … Continue reading Is NASA applying Manifest Destiny to Outer Space?
I was privileged to attend gatherings of two of my favorite groups recently. The biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH) met in Grand Rapids last weekend. I became involved in CFH while in grad school and it has served as a tremendous encouragement over the years. The meeting this year was … Continue reading The Top Ten reasons I keep coming back to Bethlehem (PA)
This week we welcome Bethel University history professor, Chris Gerhz, to The Hermeneutic Circle's "hot seat." This is a real privilege since Chris has been such a great model of what it means to integrate academic excellence and Christian faith. In addition to teaching a variety of courses at Bethel, Chris blogs at the Pietist … Continue reading Historians on the Hot Seat: Chris Gehrz on Charles Lindbergh and “The Famous Unknown”
This week's post spotlights historian David Swartz as part of a new series meant to focus on historians and their ongoing work: current projects, research efforts, innovative teaching, travel abroad, and other activities of interest. (Its not really a hot seat at this point, but maybe we'll get some controversy going eventually!) Rumor has it … Continue reading Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)
A week ago, The Hermeneutic Circle got a makeover. I also made a personal commitment to offer a minimum of one post per week for one year. I admire others who can post daily, but I've come to realize I'm just not wired this way. That being said, I kicked things off with a review … Continue reading Memorials, Historical Memory, and the War in Vietnam