reading rainbow

Mark Noll is speaking here in March as part of Ed Yamauchi’s lecture series.  Ed has been pretty great in helping me feel at home at Miami, introducing me to people and giving me the dl on important info like letting me know that the one Japanese restaurant in town is really owned by Koreans.  (We are, after all, part of Oxford’s extremely, extremely small Asian American population.)  Anyway, I just ordered two of Noll’s books, The Civil War as a Theological Crisis and God and Race in American Politics: A Short History, both of which I probably should have cited in my dissertation.  Erm, better late than never.

Noll is speaking on the Bible and slavery, which should be pretty interesting.  I’m wading through the Havighurst history of Miami:

Though the college was remote [ha] it was not removed from the vital currents of the time.  For thirty years the question of slavery was a ferment on the campus.  In 1832 Miami students formed an Anti-Slavery Society and paraded by torchlight through the village streets. . . President Bishop was a leader in the abolition movement and in liberal theology, but his faculty was divided.  In the mid-1830s Professor Albert T. Bledscoe, who would become assistant secretary of the war for the Confederacy, interrupted his lectures on calculus to argue that the federal constitution was subordinate to the sovereign states.  Professors McArthur and MacCracken, two stubborn Scots, asserted Calvinism against Bishop’s milder doctrines.  The Miami students lived in the midst of great issues.

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