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Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review - Issue #14

Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review
Monthly Newsletter of Christian Scholars Review - Issue #14
By Dr. Perry Glanzer • Issue #14 • View online
It is no surprise that our top April post was “No One Knows How Hard I Worked.” The past two years and two months have likely been the most difficult for many in their entire career. We pray that you enjoy rejuvenation, soul recovery, and nourishment this coming summer from the One who, as I Peter says, is “the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (2:25a).

Top 5 Faith Animating Blog Posts for April
“No One Knows How Hard I Worked”: Responding with Christian Vision and Gratitude to the Pandemic Load
Guest Post – The Sins of Evangelicalism’s Past: Collective Repentance and the Question of History
Don’t Look Up as a Neil Postman Parable
Guest Post – A Third Way Regarding Identity
A Morning of Re-Reading Badly (And Perhaps Occasionally Well)
What's Old in CSR?
One of the wonderful things about CSR’s expanded presence on the web is that we notice past articles or book reviews receiving renewed attention at times. This past month, a decade old book review of Psychology and Christianity: Five Views received over 600 hits. We think it is a great reminder that the articles and reviews you write for CSR can continue to have a significant influence long after you write them. Furthermore, they can also serve for helpful classroom resources for introducing your students to some of the important Christ-Animating works in the field (see also our list resources here).
What's New in Faith-Learning?
A book I plan to read this summer came out this past week: Marjorie Lindner Gunnoe’s The Person in Psychology and Christianity: A Faith-Based Critique of Five Theories of Social Development. In my own work, I find that faulty or distorted developmental theories provide the basis for much of what many Christians in student affairs take for granted. I am hoping to gain some new insight for a Christian theology/theory that can help student affairs students place their work on a firmer foundation.
Reflection from the Editor-in-Chief
Our blog post today will address the important topic of how to honor our Asian-American brothers and sisters during Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. These kinds of monthly recognitions are important to recognize historical stories and identities that are not always addressed through mainstream history education found in K-12 or even college.
In light of this necessity, I think it is time for Christians to declare a Christian/church history month. After all, every Christian should recognize that if we are truly to understand our most important identity, being members of Christ’s body, we must understand its story. Yet, I find most students know very little extra-biblical church history (and thus do not have the knowledge necessary to love the church, Christ’s body, even in its historical brokenness). In fact, a decade and a half ago Todd Ream and I found in our study of general education requirements at Christian colleges that virtually every Christian college required more American history than Church history beyond the Bible. In other words, our institutions are teaching our students to prioritize and know the American story over the Church’s story. It is no wonder that Christian nationalism and other disorders created by making one’s political love and identity primary are problems in our Christian communities.
I would love to see the members of the American Society of Church History or Conference on Faith and History declare and celebrate a Church/Christian history month (perhaps August or August 15-Sept 15 to start the school year in a way that reminds us that our primary identity is in Christ and Christ’s body). We need to remind ourselves and our students what our primary historical identity and story is and to know that history. After all, an important part of love involves getting to know someone’s or something’s story.
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Dr. Perry Glanzer

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