Bruce Berglund: Understanding Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine (video recording)

Why has Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine? In justifying the attack, the Russian president cited the history of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, as well as recent political events in Ukraine. A historian of the region helps us understand Putin's view of the post-Soviet world and how he pushed Russia into war.

Immigration Debates in America (video)

Talk by Will Katerberg "Immigration Debates in America" (Talk by Prof. William Katerberg, Calvin University, February 21, 2022) Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) Lecture American immigration policies have changed significantly over the past 200 years, but debates over more restrictive versus more open policies have recurring themes. Should the U.S. restrict immigration to …

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Scriptural Reasoning, Medieval Style: Interfaith Dialogue in Twelfth-Century Paris (video recording)

1150. Unlike most of his contemporaries, Andrew often spurned the Christian meaning of the text, in favor of interpretation he found in contemporary Jewish commentators. In this text, we can see him grapple with faith traditions other than his own, and come to sometimes surprisingly new insights, in dialogue with the rabbis of the Jewish community in Paris. In Andrew’s commentaries, we hear a voice that stands in stark contrast to our common image of the medieval world as dominated by Crusades and religious persecution.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez on political conflict in west Michigan churches (video)

Calvin historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of New York Times best seller Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation appeared on local news channel WOOD TV8 alongside Michael Gulker, president of the Colossian Forum for a Q&A and reaction to WOOD's Target 8 feature: "Under God, Divisible: Political conflict deepens rift among Christians." Professor Du Mez is also interviewed for the feature article.

The Good Soldier: The Tragedy of Colin Powell

Jim Bratt This post originally appeared in The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily on November 8, 2021. Colin Powell at a meeting of the national security council at the White House on the day following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 with, from left, Donald Rumsfeld, President George W Bush and Dick Cheney. Photograph: Doug Mills/AP Colin Powell …

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Whatever happened to the Calvin School of Christian Historiography?

Doug Howard In a review back in 1997, Douglas A. Sweeney described with some admiration the “unparalleled leadership in the field of Christian historiography” provided by the Calvin College history department. Three books had just been published—Jim Bratt’s Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader, a collection of essays edited by Ron Wells called History and the …

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