Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Religion in the High School Classroom

My August post over at the Religion in American History blog is up. Click over there to read more on a bit of research I did into the place of religion in high school American History curriculum. You'll also get to see why I created this beautiful word cloud:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"The Foulest Ulcer on the White Breast of the Nation": Charles Savidge Takes on the Mormons

Some time ago, a time when I still lived in Nebraska and was not in the middle of planning and then executing a move to Texas, I made a few posts based on my (recently published!) research on an obscure Omaha pastor and called it the Charles Savidge stories series. Now that I am halfway unpacked in Waco, I've managed to squeeze out enough time to present part three of my indeterminately-long series. In this edition, the good Rev. Savidge holds a public debate with T.W. Williams, a local Mormon leader. 

(For background on Savidge, you can refer back to parts 1 and 2)

From the Omaha Daily Bee, accessed via chroniclingamerica.com

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Imagination and the Intellect: A Quick Reflection on Reza Aslan's "Zealot"

I recently read David Burns’s The Life and Death of the Radical Historical Jesus (You can read a more thorough review of the book over at the Religion in American History Blog). This Jesus was a pseudo-scholarly construction emerging out of biographies of Jesus written by Ernest Renan, Bouck White, and others in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. The Jesus that they constructed was thoroughly secularized and did not believe himself to be divine. He was also a social and political revolutionary who argued for a nonviolent overthrow of the Roman system, and was suspicious of all religious institutions. According to the radical religionist biographers, this meant that the Christian church itself was not a true representation of the historical Jesus.