Magazine article The Christian Century

Fleeting Fame

Magazine article The Christian Century

Fleeting Fame

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THE TRITE WARHOLISM is labeled "dictum 1960s" in my quotation book. My Eerdmanism may be labeled "observation 1990s." On February 5 I turned 65. The next night Eerdmans Publishing Company, the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and some of my former

doctoral students surprised me with a party and a Festschrift. My dictionary defines that as "a volume of learned articles or essays by colleagues and admirers, serving as a tribute or memorial, especially to a scholar."

This Festschrift is not a memorial and I may not be a scholar, but the authors are now colleagues and their articles and essays are learned. Edited by Jay P. Dolan and James P. Wind, New Dimensions in American Religious History contains five essays on "public religion," four on "new directions in American religious history" and three on "religions fundamentalism," plus a 300-item bibliography sneaked from cards in my study file. The school few in authors from Santa Barbara, Ottawa, Israel and nine points in between, authors who stood in for a few score peers for whom the book, the dining room and the budget had no room.

What a high! But then the comedown. Two weeks after the party the mail brought me a catalog from Ex Libris, which specializes in out-of-print theological books. For once, Chicago bookseller Wayne Bornholdt had included by titled by Franz Bibfeldt. But he did list this one:

299 - (Marty Martin E. Festschrift)

J. Dolan & J. Wind, eds.

NEW DIMENSIONS IN AMERICAN

RELIGIOUS HISTORY, ESSAYS

IN HONOR OF MARTIN

E. …

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