As part of The Way of Improvement Leads Home‘s commitment to covering major academic conferences, we offer Adam Parsons‘s dispatch from the floor of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore.
I was hoping to visiting the AAR yesterday, but had to cancel my trip. In my planning for the day’s visit I was blown away with the sheer size of this conference. For example, the annual meeting of the American Historical Association usually has three or four “conference hotels.” The AAR program lists TWENTY-SEVEN. It all seems so overwhelming. I am glad we have Adam Parsons to help us sort it all out.
Adam is a doctoral candidate in American history at Syracuse University working on a dissertation on modern American evangelicalism with Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn. I hope you enjoy his first “dispatch.” –JF
evangelical parents’: taking their set-apartness for granted, they are less interested in whether it is possible to live as a Christian in a secular world than in how to connect with – to love – their neighbors in the world in which they find themselves. As a result, Ridgely proposes that instead of “young evangelicals” or “new evangelicals” these second-generation evangelicals should be referred to as “connected Christians.”