VIDEO—Margaret Bendroth, “New Life From Old Stories: Faith and Scholarship in Anxious Times”

11.21.2019 | The Maxwell Institute

Margaret Bendroth’s guest lecture is now available to watch online, “New Life From Old Stories: Faith and Scholarship in Anxious Times


“How can anyone sit in a library and write history when the world is going to hell in a hand basket?”

This question isn’t new. History, Margaret Bendroth says, is the one place where we can learn that things could be better, things could be worse, and that things can change. Rather than being a hobby or distraction, the practice of history can put us in spiritual communion with those who came before us—people with lessons for us to learn and examples for us to imitate or perhaps improve upon.

Dr. Bedroth visited Brigham Young University’s Department of History to speak with students about the relationship of religious faith and academic spheres.

About the Speaker

Margaret Bendroth is executive director of the Congregational Library in Boston, Massachusetts, and a historian of American religion. Her books include The Spiritual Practice of Remembering, The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants and the Power of the Past, and Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children and Mainline Churches.