Everyone is talking about Wheaton College. I just got back from the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta and it seemed like everyone I ran into wanted to chat about the Larycia Hawkins case.
I had conversations with three difference kind of people this weekend in Atlanta:
- Evangelical historians. These conversations were intramural in nature. We all understand Wheaton and the issues that Christian colleges face, but are baffled with the way the administration is handling the whole thing.
- Non-Christian historians. What is happening at Wheaton College has a ripple effect on those of us who teach at other Christian colleges–sister schools, if you will. Since many of my historian colleagues know I teach at Messiah College, they wonder just how Messiah would respond to a similar situation. I have had to work up an answer on this front.
- Public intellectuals. I had a few exchanges this weekend with historians who work at intellectual and political magazines as reporters and editors. They are very aware of what is going on at Wheaton and feel an obligation to cover this.
After last night’s article in Time magazine, a few more observers weighed-in today. John Hawthorne’s “Why Wheaton Matters” is worth reading. I appreciate him referencing my post on graduate admissions and our subsequent exchange on Facebook. Tobin Grant’s extensive piece at Religion News Service is also worth a look.