Tag: Pietism

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #10: An Anabaptist Perspective

This week on The Pietist Schoolman Podcast we welcome public historian Devin Manzullo-Thomas to the conversation. As the director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College and a member of the Brethren in Christ Church, Devin is well-suited to share a perspective on Christianity and higher education from the intersection of Anabaptism…

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #9: A Wesleyan Perspective

After an early summer hiatus, we return this week with the first in a series of episodes sharing perspectives on Christian higher education from traditions both distinct from and historically related to Pietism. First up, Wesleyanism. It’s represented here by sociologist John Hawthorne, professor at Spring Arbor University and a former administrator at Point Loma…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #6: Body and Soul

“Whole-person education” is one of those stock phrases within higher education that is at once meaningful and meaningless: it’s core to the mission of institutions and central to how many of us conceive our vocations; it’s also so pervasive and thinly understood as to resemble a slogan concocted by the worst of branding consultants. So in this week’s episode we…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #4: Virtues and Vices

Philosopher and noted Family Guy interpreter Ray VanArragon joins us to discuss intellectual virtue and vice. To my mind, Ray was one of the most important contributors to our Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education project. First, he called attention to a possible pitfall of what we’re doing, suggesting that a Pietist embrace of the virtues of love and open-mindedness could — if…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #3: Borderlands and Bridges

This week I’m joined by philosopher Sara Shady and historian Amy Poppinga, leaders in an effort to encourage interfaith dialogue and engagement at evangelical colleges and universities. Sara (co-author of a chapter in our Pietist Vision book on this topic) and Amy (an Islamic studies specialist) talked about love, courage, hospitality, and spiritual formation and engaged with my suggestion that…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #2: Hope for Better Times

Having started our series with one historical theologian who helped write Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition, it only makes sense that we continue the theme this week, when we’re joined by Christian Collins Winn of Bethel University. In addition to civil discourse, academic freedom, peace, love, and “hope for better times,” Christian and I considered: Why…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #1: Christ-Centered and Person-Centered

Roger Olson, historical theologian extraordinaire and professor at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is our guest on the first full episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast. Join our conversation as it turns to the crisis of evangelicalism and why evangelicals need to reclaim a Pietist ethos, why a Christ-centered (or, better, “Jesus-centered”) model of education is also person-centered, and…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #0: The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education

This week: a sneak preview of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, debuting April 16th! Normally, these podcasts will be 35-45 minute conversations — starting next week with theologian Roger Olson — but Episode 0 is a brief monologue, a snippet of intellectual autobiography that explains why someone trained as a diplomatic historian started to study the relationship of Pietism to higher education…

Christian Humanist Profiles 27: The Pietist Vision of Higher Education by Chris Gehrz

From the lips of many a professor at many a Christian college the words “integration of faith and learning” sound as natural as “liberal arts” or “critical thinking.”  Yet, as Chris Gehrz and a number of scholars argue in The Pietist Vision of Christian Education, that phrase, inflected as it is by twentieth-century Calvinism, stands…