Thursday, March 6, 2014

David Swartz at Messiah College: TONIGHT

If you are in the south-central Pennsylvania area tonight stop by Messiah College to hear Asbury University historian David Swartz deliver the Schrag Lecture, an annual lecture on Anabaptism sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies.  Readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home know Swartz for his outstanding book, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age Conservatism.

I am a big fan of Swartz's work.  A year or two ago I read his Notre Dame dissertation, "Left Behind: The Evangelical Left and the Limits of Evangelical Politics, 1965-1988" (love the title!) when I was working on an essay on evangelical political engagement.  I started reading Moral Minority last year and finished it last night.  Since I am responding to Swartz's talk tonight, I do not want to give too much away here, but I will say that this was one of the most interesting and engaging monographs I have read in the last year.

Swartz's talk is entitled "Anabaptists, Evangelicals, and the Search for a Third Way in Post-War America."  The lecture will be held at 8pm in Alexander Auditorium (Frey 110).  Don't miss it!