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An Iowa Governor Worth Remembing: Robert E. Ray, 1928-2018

9 Jul

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

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My friend Jim Schaap has posted a fine remembrance of former Governor Ray. It is worth your read, here.

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On Evangelicals, a Christian America, and Supporting Trump–an Evangelical Historian’s Lament

29 Jun

John Fea is a Christian, a historian, and a friend. His new book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, has just been released by Eerdmans Publishing. At History News Network, he has an opinion piece about evangelicals, thinking historically, and politics. You may read the piece here. (See his related piece at The Atlantic on evangelicals and fear here.)

Romans 13 and Political Theory: An Interview with Micah Watson

23 Jun

At the Twelve, Debra Reinstra inteviews a political science colleague at Calvin College on thinking well–thinking Christianly, so to speak–about being a citizen in light of the U.S. Attorney General’s invoking of Romans 13 in regard to U.S. immigration policy. You may read the interview (it is not lengthy) here.

IS THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT DRIVING AMERICANS AWAY FROM RELIGION?

2 May

A religious cross is seen as the moon is illuminated by sunlight reflected off the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on October 8th, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.

Religion in America has been rocked in recent decades by two societal shifts: the rise of Christian evangelicals as a right-wing political force, and the increasing number of people who decline to affiliate with any faith tradition.

New research presents evidence that these trends, usually discussed separately, are in fact related. It reports the rate at which people disassociate themselves from religion is higher in states where the Christian right exerts its political muscle.

So begins Tom Jacobs’ report at Pacific Standard on some new research. You may read the entire report here.

Can “Evangelicalism” Survive Trump?

14 Dec

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In fact what we call “evangelicalism” is made up of a vast number of different churches and organizations from around the world that are mostly disconnected with each other, even though they share a number of basic common features (notably, “biblicism,” “conversionism,” “crucicentrism,” and “activism,” as defined by David Bebbington). And if we start our thinking about “evangelicalism” by recognizing this fundamental diversity, that invites a second thought experiment: what if we thought first of “evangelicalism” in the light of its many majority world manifestations, instead of first through an American lens?

So writes historian George Marsden on evangelicalism. To read his entire post at the Anxious Bench, click here.

California’s Midlife Crisis

27 May

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Hector Tobar reflects on California as the primary there nears. This election year, youthful optimism is in short supply among jaded Angelenos.

Source: California’s Midlife Crisis – The New York Times

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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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