Over the last couple of posts, I’ve written about politics and social commentary in “Christian” bands and songs, specifically metal, punk, and ska. I chose not to write about hip hop because that is another discussion altogether, one that I have written about before when discussing songs by Lecrae, Sho Baraka, and Propaganda. In his new book, He Saw That It Was Good, Sho … Read More Politics in “Christian” Songs: Part III
Typically, students’ exposure to Jonathan Edwards begins and ends with his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741). By limiting what students read from Edwards, we create an image in our students’ minds, as we do with any author we teach, specifically in a literary surgery course, that portrays the eighteenth century theologian as nothing more that a Calvinist preacher who … Read More A Different View of Jonathan Edwards
While thinking about the upcoming school year, I couldn’t help but think about ways to introduce students in my Early American Literature survey course to the importance of the texts that they will be reading. Students have a sense that these texts, and any text they read, is important; however, this realization typically comes from the thought that since it’s being taught at a … Read More Getting Students Excited about Early American Literature?