Category Archives: Fundamentalism

Did John McCain Speak at Bob Jones University?

Numerous bloggers think he did.

Liberty, Ethology, Pathology?

The New York Times Magazine recently ran an article about Liberty University’s debate team (HT: Dappled Things). It has an impressively large budget of $500,000, and its five full-time judges are aggressive about recruiting and training, making Liberty the highest-ranked school overall in several national debate associations. The article alludes to a difference between Liberty’s [...]

Bob Jones University Did Not “Ban” Starbucks

Thanks to the fickle nature of search engines, my blog appears in the top searches of people googling “starbucks bob jones,” “bob jones bans starbucks,” and the like—and those searches seem to be coming in droves—despite the fact that I’ve never commented on it. I’ve never commented because I don’t care: I drink coffee only [...]

Christine Rosen’s Fundamentalist Education

After hearing an interesting NPR interview with Christine Rosen, author of My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood, I thought her book would describe why she left “fundamentalism.” Other books do that: Leaving the Fold is a collection of testimonies of former “fundamentalists” who end up everywhere from milquetoast Christianity to bizarre spiritualistic [...]

Voice on Fundamentalist Ecumenism

Writing for the Voice, the alumni magazine of Bob Jones University, Mark Sidwell recounts an exchange between a potential hire for the theology faculty and Bob Jones, Sr., the eponymous founder of the fundamentalist school: When Dr. Jones Sr. wrote to Brokenshire, asking him whether as a Presbyterian he would be able to teach students [...]

UC, BJU, and the Culture Wars

The Economist situates within the culture wars the pending lawsuit against the University of California, in which the plaintiffs accuse the UC admissions officials of discriminating against Christian high school graduates who took courses taught from textbooks published by Bob Jones University. Welcome to the latest front in America’s culture wars. The Association of Christian [...]