Archives for November 2012


I recently lamented the coverage of religious matters at scholarly conferences, the point being that academics tended to ignore faith-based dimensions even when they seem so essential to the story being told. I was specifically describing the proceedings of the recent conference of the Urban History Association, but I certainly don’t mean to pick on [Read More…]

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week: Jackson Lears: Mormons and capitalism Alan Jacobs on the problems with political realism  Humility and the renaissance of geographic history Governors and the “hurricane conversion.” Henry Louis Gates Jr. on growing up colored The writing addiction Brave thinking H.W. Brands on Ulysses S. Grant.  Eric [Read More…]


Academics do a curious job of treating religion. This point was brought home to me powerfully last week when I attended the excellent conference of the Urban History Association (UHA), meeting in New York City. (Very fortunately, we all escaped before the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy).  Beyond the generally high standard of the individual panels [Read More…]

Religion and the Success of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Guest post by Miles S. Mullin II, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies As Election Day approaches, most coverage of the presidential campaign focuses on the policy differences between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.  Certainly these differences deserve careful attention.  But there’s a biographical similarity that the media has badly [Read More…]