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What Is “Fundamentalism” and Who Is a “Fundamentalist?” - blog by Roger Olsen, PhD.

Dr. Olsen says: "I am a Christian theologian of the evangelical Baptist persuasion. I am also a proud Arminian! And I’m influenced by Pietism. Minnesota is my home state and I have lived in Iowa, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Germany and now Texas. My current professional status since 1999 is Professor of Theology at George W.

Compassionate Flashmob?

A most extraordinary incarnation of what the world looks like when we offer each other our gifts and share our delight in each other and the world.

An irresistible tension

I love this quote. It creates an irresistible tension between our present reality and the world of our imagination. We are compelled to resolve the tension through our own acts of courage and compassion.

Peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers needed

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more 'successful' people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it."

~David Orr

A Robber Meets Julio Diaz, a Compassionate Person

When Julio Diaz stepped off the New York City subway platform after work one night, he was simply planning to walk over to his favorite local diner for a meal. But when a teenage boy approached him with a knife blade gleaming in his fist, Diaz, a 31-year-old social worker, knew the evening was about to take a more dramatic turn.

The young man demanded Diaz's wallet, and Diaz passed it over without objection. But just as his mugger turned to walk away, Diaz called after him: "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something."

The mugger turned around, surprised.

A crazy idea

Only a few months ago, I started voice lessons with Mark Power, a Seattle-area voice coach, composer, and a singer/performer in many operas and musicals. I knew little about  Mark's personal background, but I gave him a copy of the book I published in 2011: The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family. My book tells the history of fundamentalism over the past two centuries, and connects that history with the history of my own family across the generations.

Emerging from Fundamentalism: Conversation with Randall Balmer

At the American Academy of Religion meeting in San Francisco in November, Chiara Press hosted a public conversation between Randall Balmer and me titled "Emerging from Fundamentalism," during which we discussed my recent book The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family.


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