I read Randall Balmer’s Aug. 22 Acts of Faith blog excerpt, “Carter spoke truth to power for peace, justice and the powerless” [Metro], with great curiosity. Balmer described an elegant speech given by Jimmy Carter in 1974, two years before he was elected president.

In the speech, Carter mentioned Reinhold Niebuhr and Bob Dylan. Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an American Protestant theologian, which Balmer did not mention. Dylan is a folk and rock singer and songwriter, but he is not, and never has been, as the article described him, a “venerable theologian.” That honor goes to Niebuhr. I am sure Carter did not label Dylan a theologian.

Ajit K. Thakur, Springfield