It looks like our Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation is making some waves. There is now a Twitter hashtag called #confessinghistorians. If you want to see some graduate students (and a few others who seem to be endorsing the hashtag) attack our book, you may want to check it out.
Here is a taste of what is happening over there:
- A Confessing History author is called a “troll” and his essay in the volume is described as “the real ‘n’ word.”
- Another tweeter claims that debates over our book currently occurring at Religion in American History and U.S. Intellectual History (see the comments section) are “amusing to watch.”
- The first tweeter warns that “Confessing Historians” are going to “hound religious studies out of academe 4 ‘relativism.'” (I am not sure how anyone could get such an idea from reading Confessing History).
- I should also add that this same graduate student is going to “historicize the sh*t” out of us “and call it a day.”
It sounds like a few people (we will see if the number grows) do not like what we have done in Confessing History. What is the source of such anger? I think the practice of cursing at another author or haughtily mocking a group of scholars as “amusing” subjects of investigation is uncivil, unprofessional, and will not get one very far in the academic world.