Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, turns 91 years old on Thursday. By any reckoning, he has led a remarkable life.
So starts a concise and incisive 91st birthday appreciation by historian and clergyman Randall Balmer. (He also has written a fine book on Carter’s faith-based political life.) You can read the entire piece here at The Christian Century: Jimmy Carter’s 91 years | The Christian Century
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. — A group of teenagers huddled at the foot of a statue of Junípero Serra at the Carmel Mission on Monday, there to pay homage to the Spaniard who helped colonize California in the 18th century. Only a day earlier, vandals had toppled the six-foot figure and doused it with paint, writing “saint of genocide” on a nearby triangle of stone. But now the statue was upright and scrubbed clean for visitors.
So begins Laura M. Holson’s story in the New York Times. Read the rest of it here: Sainthood of Junípero Serra Reopens Wounds of Colonialism in California – The New York Times
A lecture by historian George Marsden on one of the themes in his upcoming biography of C.S. Lewis’s classic Mere Christianity.
Source: George Marsden Lectures on C. S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” | TGC
It is as if we—California Indians and our Ancestors—are merely canonization fodder.
So say some about the canonization of Fr. Junipero Serra. What constitutes sanctity in evangelization? Read Peter Montgomery’s post at Religion Dispatches on the Serra controversy: California Tribes Denounce Catholic Church’s “Fraud” and “Blatant Fabrication” on Serra Sainthood | Religion Dispatches
Severe drought conditions and unsustainable withdrawals have dropped the levels of Lake Powell, a reservoir straddling Utah and Arizona, to about 42 percent of capacity.
Source: Human Impact on the Earth: Lake Powell – The Atlantic
“A long thread of tragedy is woven through the story of the puffy white substance that clothes us all.” That’s the closing line of the New York Times’ book review of historian Sven Beckert’s new book Empire of Cotton. I heard Beckert talk about his book here in Memphis last week, and he emphasized that, historically speaking, discussing cotton in … Read more by historian Jessica Bratt at The Twelve: Cotton – THE TWELVE