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‘Background Briefing’: Huckabee Panders to Christian Zionists

Matthew Sutton
Matthew Sutton

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently invoked the holocaust in criticizing President Obama’s deal with Iran, saying that Obama “will take Israelis and march them to the doors of the ovens.” On the radio program Background Briefing hosted by Ian Masters, Matthew Sutton, professor of history at WSU and author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism, discussed Huckabee’s attempt to appeal to Christian Zionists who love Israel because it is central to bringing about the rapture and the end of times according to their interpretation of the Bible’s Book of Revelation. » More …

WSU announces humanities fellows for 2015-16

2015-2016 Humanities Fellows
2015-2016 Humanities Fellows

Three professors – representing history, philosophy and ethnic studies – have been selected as Washington State University humanities fellows for the 2015-16 academic year. » More …

At Evangelical Christian Colleges, Leadership Is Often the Family Business

Matthew Sutton
Matthew Sutton

During the past school year, several leading American universities welcomed top scholars and experienced administrators as their new presidents. And none of them—not one—inherited the job from his father or mother.

That goes without saying, right? Nonprofit, tax-exempt universities are not typically family dynasties. But at evangelical Christian colleges, including some of the most prominent, there are different expectations as many leaders are succeeded by their children. In evangelicalism, in particular, some of the churches are likely to be treated as family businesses, with indigenous cultures that only a few can understand.

“There’s obviously a distrust of outsiders, so you want people who know the system, the ministry, what you are about,” said Matthew Sutton, who teaches history at WSU and is the author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism. “The assumption is that people within family know that best and can protect the heritage.”

More about the family business of college leadership in The New York Times (subscription required)

CAS in the media: November 16, 2012

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