Roger Williams and me — notes on the Supreme Court and church-state relations I never finished and posted to the blog

[Roger] Williams described the true church as a magnificent garden, unsullied and pure, resonant of Eden. The world he described as “the Wilderness,” a word with personal resonance for him. Then he used for the first time a phrase he would use again, a phrase that although not commonly attributed to him has echoed through … Continue reading Roger Williams and me — notes on the Supreme Court and church-state relations I never finished and posted to the blog

What can Roger Williams and Swedish Lutherans of the 1850s tell us about the culture wars? A research proposal

“I have to write to discover what I am doing. Like the old lady, I don’t know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it again.”― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor, quoted in Goodreads. It’s wasn’t quite a fire bell in the night. … Continue reading What can Roger Williams and Swedish Lutherans of the 1850s tell us about the culture wars? A research proposal

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 Creation 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

‘Swedes in Roger William’s Garden’

Proposal for the paper I’m scheduled to present next month at the 22nd annual Conference on Illinois History sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Conference program and registration information are available HERE. Sessions will be conducted by Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My session will be from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 … Continue reading ‘Swedes in Roger William’s Garden’

University of Maryland survey data show extent of Christian nationalism, white grievance among Republicans

More data points for my Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden project — A new survey, summarized today in Politico magazine, shows that white Christian nationalism is strongly linked to age and membership in the Republican Party. A survey conducted in May by the University of Maryland’s Critical Issues Poll found that 61 percent of Republicans … Continue reading University of Maryland survey data show extent of Christian nationalism, white grievance among Republicans

Impact of Indiana’s abortion ban on women’s health services in Illinois, religious pluralism post-Roe v. Wade

Clips, links for ‘Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden’ The evening before Indiana’s extreme new anti-abortion law went into effect, protesters gathered at the county courthouse in Bloomington, Ind., for a Jewish Havdalah ceremony marking what they see as a transition from “an era of full rights […] into a darker time,” as Illinois gears up … Continue reading Impact of Indiana’s abortion ban on women’s health services in Illinois, religious pluralism post-Roe v. Wade

‘What am I doing for Christ?’: An Ignatian triple colloquy F2F with Jesus via Zoom

Third in an occasional series of Ignatian colloquies … Editor’s (admin’s) note. One of a series of posts in which I journal my attempts to incorporate Jesuit imaginative prayer exercises into my own prayer life. In today’s, I try what is often known as the triple colloquy. “A colloquy is an intimate conversation between you … Continue reading ‘What am I doing for Christ?’: An Ignatian triple colloquy F2F with Jesus via Zoom

David Brooks (and Martin Marty) on shared stories, the facts of history and American civil religion

In a remarkable op ed piece heading into the 4th of July weekend, at a time when Americans can’t agree on factual matters as whether the 2020 election was fraudulent (spoiler alert: it wasn’t) or scientific matters like whether vaccination can wind down the Covid-19 epidemic (it can), David Brooks of the New York Times … Continue reading David Brooks (and Martin Marty) on shared stories, the facts of history and American civil religion

New York Times op ed, podcast on evangelicals, US religious history by Molly Worthen of UNC-Chapel Hill

Molly Worthen, historian at UNC-Chapel Hill who studies 20th-century evangelicals (and has a keen grasp of theology qua theology, has an essay on the culture wars in the New York Times op ed section that starts with St. Augustine, mentions the “exhausted majority” from the Tribes of America study and ends up by suggesting the … Continue reading New York Times op ed, podcast on evangelicals, US religious history by Molly Worthen of UNC-Chapel Hill

Notes and quotes: Korean-American U.S. Rep. helping clean Capitol rotunda after mob action by Trump supporters

Color for expansion of paper on Swedes in Roger Williams’ garden? Money quote: “It’s so hard because we don’t look at each other and see each other as Americans first, whether it’s race or ethnicity or religion or political party that’s getting in the way of us being able to have that shared identity that … Continue reading Notes and quotes: Korean-American U.S. Rep. helping clean Capitol rotunda after mob action by Trump supporters