Incarcerated in the “Land of the Free”

After the recent LA Times mea culpa regarding two published letters rationalizing Japanese-American internment, we take a concerted effort at examining an aspect of WWII history that is often overlooked: religion. Marlee Schwalm (Elizabethtown College '18) surfaced a struggle between Shinto and Christianity in the Pacific conflict. Written before the LA Times imbroglio, her piece is a … Continue reading Incarcerated in the “Land of the Free”

Roll w/ Us at #SBLAAR16

This weekend are the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. Scholars in these areas will be descending upon San Antonio, TX to discuss the ins and outs of their research. For those of you who've never been and are watching from afar, keep up with the official … Continue reading Roll w/ Us at #SBLAAR16

On Theory and Syllabi

What is it that we are are hoping students gain from our classes? What do we want them to experience? What excites us about what they'll bring to the table? What scares us about it? What are we too quick or too afraid to name in our courses of study?

Opening Up the Conversation

Irony is pining for an audience that grows receptive in the moments when you least want to write. America's racial fault lines are opening spaces for new voices. And at times being asked to fill the prescient void with my reflections seems like a compliment, but more than a few times, I think it a … Continue reading Opening Up the Conversation

Better Loss Next Time: Lessons Learned on Black and White

I should be good at chess. I'm a big picture guy with an eye for strategy. Problem solving is my wheelhouse. And when it comes to the serious, I play to win. But for the life of me I cannot win a game. It's a wonder that I even manage getting second place. Sure, I … Continue reading Better Loss Next Time: Lessons Learned on Black and White