Descendants of Puritans protest references to “witch hunts” at Mueller hearings

Most of us don’t think twice about calling a misguided search for wrongdoing a “witch hunt,” but for some Massachusetts descendants of Puritans, who still take witch hunting very seriously, willy-nilly references to the practice is cause for protest. We reached out to one protester -- the reverend Goodman Mather, who lives on his family's … Continue reading Descendants of Puritans protest references to “witch hunts” at Mueller hearings

For Barton, Metaxas, et. al., July is a month for predictable talking points

More than a few Evangelical historians are vocal critics of David Barton and Eric Metaxas (for good reason). This week, as we've celebrated the July fourth holiday, John Fea and Thomas Kidd have drawn attention to the same well-worn talking points we've come to expect. Kidd has specifically referenced Barton's old and anachronistic claim (this … Continue reading For Barton, Metaxas, et. al., July is a month for predictable talking points

Is your professor really the flaming liberal you think she is?

That colleges and universities are bastions of liberalism is a common assertion and among conservatives, there is considerable resentment about this. But is it true? Over at History News Network, Richard Morris, historian at Lycoming College (emeritus), has recently written a piece in which he consider this question as it relates to faculty members. He argues that … Continue reading Is your professor really the flaming liberal you think she is?

John Fea was on the verge of a sermon at Valparaiso University last night

Last night John Fea's Believe Me book tour stopped by Valparaiso University in northern Indiana and I made the trek, along with Grace student, Brennan Murray, from Warsaw/Winona Lake to take in the event. It was a smallish gathering of folks in an intimate recital hall. The program was structured as a Charlie Rose style … Continue reading John Fea was on the verge of a sermon at Valparaiso University last night

Does activist worship inspire “Fox Evangelicals?”

I don’t really know what’s going on in the minds of evangelicals when they sing along with worship songs. Its likely some are just thinking about lunch, the color of the carpet, the worship leader’s mannerisms, or wondering when that guy up front started doing the hand-raising thing. For many, though, worship songs no doubt … Continue reading Does activist worship inspire “Fox Evangelicals?”

Aging Christian Rockers and Sound Tracks for Court Evangelicals

I grew up listening to Petra. If you didn't attend a church steeped in white evangelicalism's "youth group" sub-culture of the 1980s like I did, I don't expect you to know of this rock band. They started in the 1970s with a sound akin to Kansas or Styx blended with synth melodies and heavy guitar … Continue reading Aging Christian Rockers and Sound Tracks for Court Evangelicals