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October 31, 2013
Adelle Banks of Religion News Service has a fascinating piece on signs of a possible...
October 30, 2013
Mixing the Market and the Common Good: Complicating the Individualist-Structuralist Binary
In recent years scholars have accentuated the individualistic impulse within conservative evangelicalism. Evangelicals, Christian Smith...
October 29, 2013
“Psychedelic Christians”: The Legacy of the Jesus People
I recently had the pleasure of reading Larry Eskridge's remarkable God's Forever Family: The Jesus People...
October 28, 2013
Virtue and Vice and Everything …
One of the heartening things about our times has been the recovery, at least in...
October 25, 2013
ON FEEDING THE TROLLS
Today’s blog is about blogging. If you blog on religious topics, you know that there...
October 24, 2013
Luther and the Word of God
Martin Luther did not want to preach in Wittenberg's city church. The year was --...
October 23, 2013
Blue Crabs and Evangelicals – Part 1
Next month, the sixty-fifth meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) will convene in Baltimore, Maryland....
October 22, 2013
Interpreting Demonic Possession
My graduate course recently read Brian Levack's The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian...
October 21, 2013
THE VERY PLACE WHERE IT HAPPENED
I recently described the powerful medieval theme of rooting the events of the New Testament...
October 18, 2013
THE BIBLE’S DEEP HISTORY
I have been spending a lot of time recently with the apocryphal texts of the...
October 17, 2013
The Issue of our Day
This week I read a news article that broke my heart and called me to...
October 16, 2013
Religious Liberty and Evangelical Identity Politics
Last Thursday Baptist ethicist Russell Moore made a case for religious liberty in a way...
October 15, 2013
Slavery: America’s Original Sin?
[This week's post is from my archives at Patheos.] The Smithsonian's National Museum of American...
October 14, 2013
Giving Cotton Mather his due
This year marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Cotton Mather (1663-1728). Descendant of...
October 13, 2013
ARTEMISIA COMES TO CHICAGO
Some months back I described how the Bible’s Deuterocanonical books had inspired so many artists...
October 11, 2013
WHAT IS A GOSPEL?
I have been working on the fate of alternative scriptures in the millennium or so...
October 10, 2013
Elizabeth Smart’s Story
Most visitors to the internet this week have probably noticed that Elizabeth Smart has just...
October 09, 2013
The Meaning of Baptism in the Early Church
Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions. By Robin M. Jensen. Grand...
October 08, 2013
The Puritans as Masters of Reform
My history graduate students and I recently read David Hall's A Reforming People: Puritanism and the...
October 07, 2013
THE GREEN MAN AND THE KING OF SALEM
Christians who delve into the Qur’an will be surprised how many old friends they find...
October 04, 2013
THE CAVE OF TREASURES
Throughout history, both Jews and Christians have been extraordinarily prolific in producing alternative scriptures, which...
October 03, 2013
Billy Graham’s Legacy
If evangelicals are those who like Billy Graham, I’m in the club. I attended two...
October 02, 2013
Rock the Desert: Evangelical Activism in Texas and Sudan
In 2001, just one month before 9/11, 32,000 evangelical youth invaded Midland, Texas. Drawn to...
October 01, 2013
Five Great Books on George Washington
Last week saw the opening of the long-awaited George Washington National Library at Mount Vernon....
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