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Who said that — Martin Luther or William Shakespeare?

18 Oct

Just in time for Reformation Day! Who said that — Martin Luther or William Shakespeare? | Religion News Service

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The Religious Roots of America’s Love for Camping

17 Oct

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Summer 1868 passed as an unremarkable season at Saranac Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The weather was fine, the scenery delightful, and the usual array of 200 to 300 recreational hunters and anglers passed through the small settlement on their way into the wild lands beyond. The summers of 1869 and 1870, however, were an altogether different story. The weather was more or less the same, and the scenery continued to entrance, but instead of a handful of sportsmen came a multitude of men and women from points east and south to enjoy America’s newest recreation—camping. Almost to a person, they had been inspired by what today, at the beginning of the 21st century, we recognize as the watershed book in the history of American camping: the first comprehensive “how-to-camp” guidebook, Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks, which had been written in April 1869 by…

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New film on Mark Twain highlights his religious doubts

17 Oct

Twain’s journey to Jerusalem started with a demand. “Send me $1,200 at once,” he telegraphed his editors at the Alta California, a San Francisco newspaper. “I want to go abroad.”

Amazingly, the editors did and Twain booked passage on The Quaker City, America’s first cruise ship. The other passengers were religious pilgrims and rich young men looking to acquire a little sophistication before settling down. Twain embedded himself in both groups and began sending back to the paper what would be more than 50 “dispatches.”

Read Kimberly Winston’s entire post on Twain’s journey and religion here: New film on Mark Twain highlights his religious doubts | Religion News Service

‘Neo-Protestant’ challenge seen in France’s political upheaval

13 Sep

French leftist and self-described “Catholic atheist” offers an interesting take on the recent rise of Emmanuel Macron in France, according to Tom Heneghan at the Religion News Service:

this political sea change has come as the growing numbers of evangelicals in France — mostly immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa — have been making what Debray calls their “theology light and tacky services” the majority expression of faith among France’s small Protestant minority.

French Protestants make up only two percent of the population. Lutherans and Calvinists, respected by the Catholic majority as hardworking and honest, are in numerical decline while immigration is boosting the evangelical ranks.

“The halo of a neo-Protestantism made in USA grows year by year in our behaviour and in our suburbs,” he writes, referring to the poor outskirts of French cities where many immigrants live. France can hardly avoid “this theo-populist wave sweeping from Latin America to sub-Saharan Africa, from Central Asia to the Far East.”

Read the full story here: ‘Neo-Protestant’ challenge seen in France’s political upheaval | Religion News Service

The Shifting Landscape of American Religion

6 Sep

Here is a fascinating report on the current realities and trends in the U.S. religious landscape: PRRI

George McGovern and the Religious Left

19 Jul

Historian David Swartz here interviews historian Mark Lempke on Lempke’s new book on George McGovern and Progressive Christianity: George McGovern and the Religious Left

Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies

6 Jul

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Historian and self-identified Pietist Christian Chris Gehrz has finally made a visit to the Amana Colonies in Iowa. The trip was long overdue. Read his post on his visit here: Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies – The Pietist Schoolman

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