One of the standard skills in a university education is the reading of a historical text. Traditionally this learning objective is explained in terms of two competencies--the engagement of primary sources and the use of secondary sources to assist in the interpretation of those primary sources. In fact, the very design of historical curricula is … Continue reading You’re a historian; Get the Memo?
This week we feature the work of Andie Alexander, a Religious Studies graduate student at University of Colorado-Boulder. She challenges us to probe narrations of the history of “American Religions.” With cutting insights into the scholarly literature, Alexander surveys scholarly claims on the past to question the politics of sophisticated selective memories. This post has been … Continue reading Rethinking American Religions: Failing to Explain America or Continually (Re)Shaping It?
This project examines the role “Nazareth” plays in the ideology of the Church of the Nazarene. In the early days of the movement, Nazareth signifies a critique of Methodist bureaucratic lethargy. But in the movement's latter history, Nazareth becomes a rallying point for the denomination's members to live up to a broader commitment to Evangelical … Continue reading Excavating the Significance of Nazareth Via the Church of the Nazarene