God and the Presidential Debates (Part II)

I am a presidential debate junkie. Predictable as they are in parts, they’re also the best political theater that American politics has to offer. No one expected Mitt Romney to clean Barack Obama’s clock in the first debate. I didn’t expect Mitt Romney to clean his own clock in the second half of last night’s [Read More...]

The Historian and Imago Dei

Two weeks ago I wrote in this space about the relationship between the historians work and the reality of human sin.  This week, I want to focus on the historian’s work as it relates to the Judeo-Christian belief in Imago Dei.  Those committed to the Judeo-Christian tradition believe that God has created humans beings.  In [Read More...]

Paleo Evangelicals as Reluctant Republicans

The mainstream media loves politically liberal evangelicals, especially at this time of year, as we wonder whether the evangelical base will turn out sufficiently to win the election for the Republicans. But the media seems to have missed another category of evangelical that is ill at ease with the Republican Party. Borrowing loosely from the [Read More...]

Two Anniversaries: Vatican II and the 95 Theses

Pope John XXIII who called Vatican II

Two noteworthy anniversaries are marked this month: the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which occurred on October 11, 1962, and the 495th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, widely recognized on October 31, but transferred and celebrated by many churches as “Reformation Sunday.”  (This year it occurs on the 27th).  Admittedly, [Read More...]

Albert Mohler Interview with John Turner on Brigham Young

Fascinating podcast interview here by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, with the Anxious Bench’s John Turner on his new biography of Brigham Young. [Read more...]

An Interview with George Marsden and Mark Noll on the Idea of America as a Christian Nation

Thanks to Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition for posting an interview with Mark Noll and George Marsden on the idea of America as a Christian nation. (Marsden was my doctoral advisor, and my blogging colleague John Turner’s.)     [Read more...]

THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM

How many good films have ever been made on the subject of Christian missions and missionaries? For many years, I have dearly loved the 1944 film The Keys of the Kingdom, based on the 1941 novel by A. J. Cronin. In more recent years, though, as I studied global Christianity, it occurred to me what [Read More...]

Pew Report: More Nones, Fewer Protestants

This week’s big religious headline was a Pew Report that documented (among other trends) the rapid rise of religiously non-affiliated Americans (“nones,” colloquially). The ranks of the unaffiliated (comprised of atheists, agnostics, and those with “nothing in particular”) rose from 15.3% of the U.S. population in 2007 to 19.6% in 2012. Although Pew carefully notes [Read More...]

David Barton, Civil Religion, and Patriotic Idolatry

Guest Post by Miles S. Mullin, II, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies A few weeks ago, popular Christian history writer David Barton presented his standard two-hour presentation at a church in my area.  At the urging of colleague John Wilsey, who has written against the concept of Christian America [Read More...]

Slavery, Historical Heroes, and “Precious Puritans”

A fascinating controversy has erupted between the worlds of modern rap music and the early American Puritans, because of a song, “Precious Puritans,” by Christian rapper Propaganda. For brevity’s sake, I won’t explore all the commentaries on the controversy, but to catch the flow of it, pastor and blogger Joe Thorn discusses the song here with [Read More...]


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