What we can learn from a WWII-era Orthodox nun

4 Dec

She died resisting the Nazis. Her critique of Christians in society still resonates today. Amy Frykholm at The Christian Century explains the views of Maria Skobtsova that can help us see ourselves a bit more clearly: What we can learn from a WWII-era Orthodox nun | The Christian Century

Fake Cowboys and Real Indians

2 Dec

As Western standoffs go, the Bundy brothers episode featured comic book cowboys. But for the Standing Rock Sioux, a pipeline is an existential threat. Timothy Egan sets a larger context–i.e., whose land, says who?–for two contemporary standoffs in the West: Fake Cowboys and Real Indians – The New York Times

From Memory to History? The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

1 Dec

If 50th anniversaries of war tend to be the last grand occasion in which the war generation’s veterans and survivors commemorate their war, what do 75th anniversaries do? And for whom?

Geoffrey White and Daniel Martinez reflect on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the Organization of American Historian’s Process: From Memory to History? The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

A Rare Insider’s View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma

30 Nov

Horace Poolaw’s photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian: A Rare Insider’s View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

WPA Posters

30 Nov

The Library of Congress has an online collection of WPA posters: About this Collection – Posters: WPA Posters | Digital Collections | Library of Congress

The Evangelicalism of Old White Men Is Dead

30 Nov

But Jesus-centered faith needs a new name. Christians have retired outdated labels before. During the late 19th century, when scientific rationalism fueled the questioning of Scripture, “fundamentalism” arose as an intelligent defense of Christianity. By the 1930s, however, fundamentalism was seen as anti-intellectual and judgmental. It was then that the term “evangelicalism” was put forward by Christianity Today’s first editor, Carl F. H. Henry, as a new banner under which a broad coalition of Jesus followers could unite.

More on “evangelicalism” now, from Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne in an op-ed in the New York Times: The Evangelicalism of Old White Men Is Dead – The New York Times

Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas

30 Nov

Historian Beth Allison Barr offers some historically-informed reflections on Christmas past and present. (Also, her reflections seem apropos Sinterklaas Day, which will soon be observed here in Orange City.) Read Barr’s Anxious Bench post here: Bringing the Spirit of (Medieval) Santa Back to Christmas – Anxious Bench

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