In Memoriam: Dr. Vincent Harding

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Dead men make such convenient heroes. They cannot rise to challenge the images we would fashion from their lives – Carl Wendell Himes Jr. The esteemed historian, scholar, and civil rights and peace activist Vincent Harding passed away at the tender age of 82 this past Monday. Dr. Harding is most famous for drafting Martin […]

American Civil Religion, Babies and Bathwater

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In this post for the Religion in American History blog, Art Remillard asks whether “American Civil Religion” remains a useful construct. Responding thoughtfully to Ira Chernus’ concern that the endless debate on what is the “real” or “true” American civil religion has rendered the term useless, Remillard suggests that if we can purge civil religion […]

Hope 2012 Blogging Relay: Hope is a Communal Virtue

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Melanie Crutchfield was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics to start, “Hope 2012: A Blog Relay,” in which she and a few of her blogging friends would blog about hope and invite others to do the same. I do not know Melanie. Nevertheless, her plan seems to be working as I was invited to participate in […]

Connecticut and the Death Penalty, a Faith-Based Perspective

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[The following is cross-posted at State of Formation, here.] The forthcoming issue of Practical Matters (Issue 5: Violence and Peace, release date May 4, 2012), features my interview with the Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, the home church of Martin Luther King, Jr. In our extended conversation, entitled […]

Introducing Practical Matters

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As the managing editors of Practical Matters journal, we are thrilled to forge this partnership with State of Formation and its readership. Practical Matters is a graduate-student run, transdisciplinary, multimedia journal that seeks to ask and provoke new questions about religious practices and practical theology. Founded in 2007, Practical Matters publishes peer-reviewed scholarship in several […]