Facebook thread on Roger Williams, John Winthrop and the conflict between church and state

Editor's (admin's) note: This is a twofer. Saving it to Ordinary Time preserves: (1) an interesting thread in response to a recent post I shared to Facebook; and (2) an extended passage from John M. Barry's Roger Williams and the Creatrion of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty that I posted … Continue reading Facebook thread on Roger Williams, John Winthrop and the conflict between church and state

Institutional history of SCI on the college website up to the time of its 2003 merger with Benedictine

Found this morning while I was zapping old files from my hard drive, a cheerful, public relations-y history of Springfield College in Illinois that I wrote for the college website shortly after its "partnership" with Benedictine University Lisle, which evolved into an outright merger and ended abruptly in 2014 when BenU closed down the Springfield … Continue reading Institutional history of SCI on the college website up to the time of its 2003 merger with Benedictine

Notes&Quotes: Religion News Service article on Capitol violence; also, ‘Heathens condemn storming of Capitol after Norse religious symbols appear amid mob’

Jack Jenkins, "Capitol violence brewed from nationalism, conspiracies, and Jesus," Christian Century, Jan. 25, 2021 https://www.christiancentury.org/article/news/capitol-violence-brewed-nationalism-conspiracies-and-jesus. [...] While not all participants were Chris­tian, their rhetoric often reflected an aggressive, charismatic, and hypermasculine form of Christian nationalism—a fusion of God and country that has lashed together disparate pieces of Donald Trump’s religious base. “A mistake a … Continue reading Notes&Quotes: Religion News Service article on Capitol violence; also, ‘Heathens condemn storming of Capitol after Norse religious symbols appear amid mob’

A Lenten meditation on covenants, a Christian nationalist lynch mob, green bananas and a book proposal

Clearing skies over Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, November 2012 Mark 8 (NRSV) 34 [Jesus] called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those … Continue reading A Lenten meditation on covenants, a Christian nationalist lynch mob, green bananas and a book proposal

‘This is a harvest … of things sown’: White nationalist violence at the Capitol Jan. 6, in El Paso in 2019 and the South in 1958

Clinton (Tenn.) High after 1958 bombing. UT-Knoxville Digital Collections. As we build to a national reckoning on extremist violence, and the former president's role in stirring it up, I'm clearing the decks -- OK, more accurately, going through the random stuff saved to my hard drive -- for an ambitious rewrite of my paper on … Continue reading ‘This is a harvest … of things sown’: White nationalist violence at the Capitol Jan. 6, in El Paso in 2019 and the South in 1958

Squabbling and schism at Knox from 1847 to 1862

A parallel to Esbjörn's troubles at the Lutheran seminary in Springfield -- at almost exactly the same time. Blanchard was an especially close friend and mentor ... Grant Forssberg, “Perspectives on Knox History: Sectarianism and Religious Schism,” 2010, Our History, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois https://www.knox.edu/about-knox/our-history/perspectives-on-knox-history/religious-schism. Of the 1838 schism over slavery: For these Presbyterians -- … Continue reading Squabbling and schism at Knox from 1847 to 1862

Noah’s rainbow sign: Good news for the 53rd Sunday in Lent in a pandemic?

Rainbow (at lower right center of picture) outside Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem Genesis 9 [NRSV]: 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and … Continue reading Noah’s rainbow sign: Good news for the 53rd Sunday in Lent in a pandemic?

More notes & quotes on extremist GOP legislators downstate; also death threat to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville

A combination here of Mark Maxwell's reports on WCIA and the Capitol Fax items that picked them up and amplified them. Mark Maxwell's Feb. 25 story about Rep. Chris Miller, R-Oakland, whose pickup truck bearing a III%er decal and Illinois state legislative tags was spotted in a restricted space for members of Congress during the … Continue reading More notes & quotes on extremist GOP legislators downstate; also death threat to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville

Forum on Chosenness, church and state in America

Chosen Nation: Christianity, Politics, and American Destiny Faith Angle Forum, a A program of the Ethics & Public Policy Center. From the May 2017 Forum in Miami Beach, Florida DR. CATHERINE BREKUS, CHARLES WARREN PROFESSOR OF THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN AMERICA, HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL Today we know it as American exceptionalism but not many of us … Continue reading Forum on Chosenness, church and state in America