On Chinua Achebe’s book, The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays

Chinua Achebe, as is well known, is one of the greatest African writers of the post-colonial era. He was an Igbo, born under British colonial rule, who began his writing career in the years just before Nigeria achieved its independence. Most famous for his groundbreaking novel, Things Fall Apart, Achebe died about a year ago, in […]

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Internet Knickknacks (February 2013)

I frequently come across interesting websites, blog entries, videos, or documents on the Internet, and thought it might be fun to start a semi-regular feature called “Internet Knickknacks,” a combination of history, Christianity, and pop culture. It’s high time for a second installment. As usual, there’s always new history being made

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The Joys of Lesslie Newbigin

For the first time in about fifteen years, I’m reading Lesslie Newbigin again (this time with one of my friends!). We’re working our way through one of Newbigin’s two most famous works, Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1986). If you’re not familiar with Newbigin, he was a Newcastle […]

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Internet Knickknacks (December 2012)

I frequently come across interesting websites, blog entries, videos, or documents on the Internet, and thought it might be fun to start a semi-regular feature called “Internet Knickknacks,” a combination of history, Christianity, and pop culture. Lots continues to be made, and rightly so, of the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, […]

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History at the Movies: Valkyrie

The film Valkyrie depicts the ill-fated attempt by the German Resistance to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany’s leader (Fuehrer). Even while Valkyrie was being filmed, it was already beginning to generate some controversial press, for three reasons: 1) because Tom Cruise was caste as the lead character, German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, which is controversial because Tom Cruise is […]

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