John Fea is one of my favorite Christian scholars–a historian by training, a great defender of the teaching and scholarship of history, and a person who, thankfully, takes his role as a public intellectual very seriously. He is also an astute political observer whose commentary on the 2016 election and, in particular, evangelical engagement with Donald Trump, has been spot on. (Fea is the one who broke the national news that Trump had met with prosperity gospel preacher Paula White and had a born-again experience.) He’s also a professor at Messiah College, a place close to home and dear to my heart.
I was fortunate that Fea recently asked me to participate in the Author’s Corner section of his popular blog, The Way of Improvement Leads Home. If you are a fan of central Pennsylvania, Juniata College, or doomsday prepping or just want to learn a little bit about the backstory of God Hates, check it out.
Also, here’s a picture of the beautiful Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, both the older building and the newer one, referenced in the piece.