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May 2011


This issue of The Baptist Pietist Clarion focused on the history (and historians) of the Baptist General Conference and Bethel University:

  • Sociologist Dan Olson paid tribute to his father, Baptist historian Virgil Olson, who in turn wrote about his father Adolf, the first great BGC historian. Further tributes to Virgil came from Clarence Bass, Herb Skoglund, Ron Saari, and Jim Spickelmier.
  • Spickelmier and his wife Carole reported on the writing of Five Decades of Growth and Change, which continued the story of the BGC and Bethel started by Adolf Olson’s Centenary history.
  • Chris Gehrz shared excerpts from his Christian Scholar’s Review article on long-serving Bethel president Carl Lundquist and his Covenant contemporary at North Park, Karl Olsson — both of whom drew on Pietism to develop distinctive philosophies of Christian higher education.
  • G.W. Carlson wrote about two longtime Bethel professors: historian Roy “Doc” Dalton and artist Dale Johnson — specifically, Dale’s mural on racial reconciliation, “Remember, Believe and Act.”
  • The civil rights movement inspired several other articles: Diana Magnuson and Bethel digital librarian Kent Gerber reported on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous invitation to speak at Bethel and why that appearance never came to pass; Bethel English professor Angela Shannon reflected on the witness of MLK; and G.W. Carlson noted two other African-American religious leaders who spoke at Bethel: John Perkins and Arthur Whitaker.

Then two books with Bethel connections received attention: Zondervan’s award-winning Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Bethel Seminary San Diego professor and Clarion contributor Glen Scorgie and including contributions from over thirty other Bethel faculty; and former Bethel professor Greg Boyd’s Present Perfect was reviewed by Terri Hansen.

Click to download or view the May 2011 issue


  • Dan Olson, “Tribute to My Father: Speech in Honor of Virgil Olson on the Occasion of his 94th Birthday Celebration”
  • Glen G. Scorgie, “A Review of Five Decades of Growth and Change, 1952-2002: Pondering the Future of the Baptist General Conference”
  • G. William Carlson, “Inside this Issue…”
  • Virgil A. Olson, “Adolf Olson writes the Centenary History: The Story of the First 100 Years of the Swedish, Baptist, Pietist Community”
  • James and Carole Spickelmier, “The Writing of Five Decades of Growth and Change
  • “Scorgie Edits New Book on Christian Spirituality”
  • Virgil A. Olson, “The Baptist General Conference and Its Pietist Heritage: Pietistic Characteristics Among the Conference Baptists”
  • Diana Magnuson and Kent Gerber, “Martin Luther King Invited to Address Bethel Convocation: Reaping the Legacy of President Carl Lundquist’s Correspondence with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
  • G. William Carlson, “John Perkins Speaks on What It Means to Be the Church”
  • G. William Carlson, “Dale Johnson’s Mural ‘Remember, Believe and Act’ Explores Bethel’s Commitment to Creating a Reconciled Community”
  • G. William Carlson, “Arthur Whitaker: Christian Witness in Revolutionary Times”
  • Terri L. Hansen, “A Review of Greg Boyd’s book Present Perfect
  • Angela Shannon, “Dr. Martin Luther King: A Pastor Who Altered the Political Landscape of America”
  • Jim Spickelmier, “Virgil Olson: Pastor, Historian, Professor, College Dean, Mission Leader and College President”
  • Clarence Bass, “Virgil A. Olson: A Servant Leader”
  • Herb Skoglund, “Virgil Olson: Committed to Missions”
  • Ron Saari, “My Thoughts at Dr. Virgil Olson’s 94th Birthday Party”
  • G. William Carlson, “Reflections on the Life and Witness of Dr. Roy ‘Doc’ Dalton (1926-2011)”
  • Christopher Gehrz, “Recovering a Pietist Understanding of Christian Higher Education: Carl H. Lundquist and Karl A. Olsson”
  • G. William Carlson, “Virgil Olson Selective Bibliography

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