September 07, 2012

Historian John Fea

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Fea, associate professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah College, will give the talk, "Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?" Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

"In his lecture, Fea will explore the relationship between religion and the American founding, based on his most recent book of the same name," said Brantley Gasaway, assistant professor of religion at Bucknell.

"He will also discuss historical and contemporary political debates surrounding the idea of America as a Christian nation. We are honored to have him visit the University."

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell departments of religion, history, and political science, the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University Lectureship Committee.

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, Religion Book of the Year (Gold Medalist) by the Association of Independent Publishers, and was one of three finalists for the prestigious George Washington Book Prize, one of the largest literary prizes in the United States.

Fea is the author or editor of two other books: Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) and The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). His book The Power to Transform: Reflections on the Study of the Past, will appear in 2013 with Baker Academic.

His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular venues. He blogs daily at The Way of Improvement Leads Home, presenting reflections at the intersection of American history, Christianity, politics, and academic life.

The recipient of degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Stony Brook University, Fea's teaching and scholarly interests center on early American and American religious history. He teaches courses in colonial America, the American Revolution, the early American republic, the Civil War, and the teaching of history.

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