The good folks at USIH have their Book Review page up and running at full steam. RIAH readers will be interested in a number of recent reviews, including Jon Wood's treatment of Matt Hedstrom's (now-award-winning!) Rise of Liberal Religion and a lively conversation about John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller's edited collection, Confessing History, sparked by Mark Thompson's thoughtful survey.
Speaking of USIH, I had the pleasure this summer of reading one of the premier new titles in that field, Andrew Jewett's Science, Democracy, and the American University (Cambridge, 2012). Jewett
1. To what extent do the social sciences (especially with their deep roots in liberal Protestantism) represent an ongoing effort to overcome or at least to counterbalance America's evangelical culture of acquisitive individualism? How successful have they been?
2. Is it possible to ever "reunite" the natural sciences and the humanities (we'll be having such discussions as a faculty this year as we look to make or Gen Ed program truly general)?
3. What would a comparative history of how American liberal Protestants, evangelicals, and Catholics have thought about and practiced science and technology look like? Does one already exist?