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Rebecca Koerselman

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How did we get Here?

As I hear the partisan language connected to the midterm elections, I cannot help but reflect on how we got here. It may be difficult to think of anything except current red and blue debates over the role of the…
Northwestern College
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Religion and Disgust

I recently attended the biannual Conference on Faith and History at Calvin College. Robert Orsi, a prominent scholar of American religious history, gave a remarkable plenary address entitled “The Study of Religion on This Side of Disgust.” Bob Orsi has…
Northwestern College
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Who has the Courage?

As an alumnus of Michigan State University, I am deeply upset by the appalling abuse of Larry Nassar. When people say something to me about being a Spartan, I am compelled to acknowledge that I am not very proud to…
Northwestern College
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Should You Know Your History?

Originating around 1830 and maintaining popularity for decades, the minstrel show used blackface comedy to entertain white Americans. Minstrel shows were enormously popular, particularly among Americans in northeastern urban areas. Mark Twain wrote in his Autobiography, “If I could have…
Northwestern College
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Sharing the Pain

Kate Bowler, historian and professor of American religious history at Duke Divinity School, published a piece in the New York Times called “What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party.” It went viral and gave…
Northwestern College
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With Malice Toward None

Politics and religion intertwine in interesting and troubling ways. As a historical figure, I’ve always found Abraham Lincoln a fascinating study in politics and religion. Lincoln makes use of religious language in his public addresses and many believe him to…
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