On Civil Religion: Still a Factor in the American Public Realm?

8 Feb

In case the concept of “civil religion” is new to you, or you need a refresher, here is a JSTOR Daily post with a link to the classic R. Bellah article, and links to two more recent articles on the topic. Arguably, the concept is limited in accounting for a variety of religiosities about the U.S. nation now.

Source: Civil Religion: JSTOR Daily Reads The News | JSTOR Daily

Still Misleading America About Thomas Jefferson

8 Feb

Beware purported history of Thomas Jefferson by David Barton. In Barton’s case, ideology distorts the reality of the past. Read John Fea’s post about Barton (who is a supporter of Ted Cruz) here at History News Network: History News Network | Still Misleading America About Thomas Jefferson

Ted Cruz’s campaign is fueled by a dominionist vision for America

4 Feb

 

Historian (and evangelical) John Fea of Messiah College offers some historical and theological perspective on candidate Ted Cruz. Read his story at Religion News Service: Ted Cruz’s campaign is fueled by a dominionist vision for America (COMMENTARY) – Religion News Service

What It Was Like To Be an African-American Soldier During the Civil War

3 Feb

At JSTOR Daily, Matthew Wills posts a summary and link to a 2006 article by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn on aspects of what was it like to be one of the 186,017 African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Read the entire post and find the article link here: What It Was Like To Be an African-American Soldier During the Civil War | JSTOR Daily

Let’s settle it: This is what makes up the Midwest 

29 Jan

This post by David H. Montgomery in the St. Paul Pioneer Press seems a reasonable working definition about what is included in the Midwest. Historically, though, the Midwest has moved around, as have just about all the major regions have: Let’s settle it: This is what makes up the Midwest – Twin Cities

The Joy of Caucusing

26 Jan

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

It’s fun to live in Iowa! Who knew? But every four years, we are the center of the political universe. More than just fun, the Iowa caucuses have rebuilt my faith in American politics. They have transformed me into an interested, active participant. The allure is hard to resist. Beyond fun, it is the hands-on closeness, and the grassroots participation … Read More

So writes RCA pastor Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell at The Twelve. Read more about the experience of caucusing in Iowa here: The Joy of Caucusing – THE TWELVE

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Renewing Des Moines: How America’s Dullest City Got Cool

22 Jan

At Politico, historian Colin Woodard has a fascinating story of the recent renewal of the city of Des Moines. Read the entire story here: How America’s Dullest City Got Cool

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