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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

'Transient and Permanent' goes off the air.

Tonight is your last chance to read a very good and useful set of definitions of American liberal religion because Transient and Permanent, a fine blog by one of the few Unitarian Universalists currently doing doctoral work in religious history focusing on American liberal religion, is going off the air tomorrow. The reason? "I've become increasingly concerned about the consequences of blogging for junior scholars," he writes in his farewell post. (Don't worry: I saved a copy of the definitions post for my files.)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 21 December 2005 at 6:22 PM

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Bill Baar:

December 22, 2005 09:24 AM | Permalink for this comment

There are a number of stories circulating about non-tenured students/faculty who have been burned by things posted on their blogs.

This is a sad note. I'm aware of Dan Drezner's case at U of Chicago where he didn't get tenure. Some attribute that to his blogging. Not aware of others, but I do get a sense of academie being a pretty strait jacketed sort of place these days.

Jeff Wilson:

December 22, 2005 12:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks for the send-off, Philocrites, and to everyone who wrote me farewell notes on- or off-blog. I enjoyed the blog while it lasted, mainly because of the excellent and challenging comments other UUs provided.

If anyone wants to get a conversation started about my attempt to define the parameters of American liberal religion, let me know. This project may turn into a journal article, so here's your chance to influence my thinking before the thing sees print. Too bad Coffee House is on hiatus.

Transient and Permanent has now been deleted. Y'all take care.


December 22, 2005 03:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

Jeff -- see my commment under "a religion still seeking definition". Also, have you seen Rev. Shelley's essay on Spiritual Maturity? It suggests that the more mature a religion is, the less definable it is.

Spiritual Maturity is at:

Thanks for Transient and Permanent,


December 23, 2005 01:07 AM | Permalink for this comment

Kim, can you put that link up again? Doesn't seem to be working...


December 23, 2005 02:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

Sorry, the website is down. I just put it in a file on a yahoo group, but I don't know if you can access it there without joining the group (I'm not withit about computer stuff). Or, I can send it to you -- I have it in a word file. I don't know if the author has it posted anywhere else.

the Yahoo group I mentioned is:

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