Faculty News

March 3, 2014

One Nation Under God: Exploring America's Religious Fervor

praying-man.jpg E. Brooks Holifield, Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History, Emeritus, wrote an article featured on Huffington Post's Religion section exploring America's focus on religion, especially compared to that of other Western powers.

"Many Western Europeans think of Americans as hopelessly, bafflingly, and dangerously, religious. Many Americans think of Western Europeans as distressingly, inexplicably, and unrelentingly, secular," writes Holifield. 

Originally appearing on Emory University's blog Sacred Matters, Holifield's article looks to America's history for answers to its religious leanings.


February 27, 2014

The Plantation Church: A Q&A with Noel Erskine

plantation-church.jpgNoel L. Erskine's new book Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery delves into the history of the Black Church, reaching back to its origins in the Caribbean and following its path into modern day.

The professor of theology and ethics sat down with Oxford University Press in honor of Black History Month to discuss the Plantation Church's origins and the prominent role the Caribbean played in its formation.

"It was primarily through religious rituals and the carving out of Black sacred spaces that enslaved persons were able to affirm self and create a world over against plantation society which was created for their families by the master. With the creation of the Plantation Church, the African priest and medicine man/woman were able to prevent the enslaved condition from dominating their consciousness and rob the children of Africa the freedom to dream a new world."
Read the full interview here: bit.ly/1jEcjv9


February 26, 2014

Wright's 'Remembering King David' Examines the Historical David

david-and-absolom.jpgJacob Wright, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, wrote an article for the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)'s blog titled "Remembering David."

In it, he answers the questions "Why didn’t the biblical authors present a more flattering image of King David, and why did they make his stories so complex?"

Read the article here: bit.ly/1dAyGfV  

Image: Marc Chagall, David and Absalom, 1956.


February 24, 2014

Phillips on Iowa Public Radio: 'Religion in the Digital Age'

phillips.jpgEdward Phillips, associate professor of worship and liturgical theology, joined Elizabeth Drescher from Santa Clara University and author, editor and lecturer Phyllis Tickle on Iowa Public Radio to talk about how the internet is changing the way we experience religion.

Listen to the full interview here: bit.ly/MVsloV


February 24, 2014

Key Interviewed about 'Spontaneous Baptism' Phenomenon

david-key-screenshot.jpgReverend David W. Key, Sr., Candler's director of Baptist Studies, did an on-air interview with an NBC affiliate in Charlotte, NC regarding a mass baptism trend taking place at a North Carolina Southern Baptist congregation.

Key compares the mass baptism service to a show at Disneyworld. 

"This church has obviously discovered what we in the industry call the 'Disneyfication' of religious services."

Read the full story and watch the video here: bit.ly/1c22gQF

Still shot from the interview at wcnc.com.