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November 29, 2013
AMERICANS UNITED FOR WHAT?
I was thinking about how the media report religious controversies, and particularly how they decide...
November 28, 2013
It's Thanksgiving. My plan was to plug my review of Tracy McKenzie's The First Thanksgiving...
November 27, 2013
Flipping the Bird: Reflections on a Thanksgiving Fraud
Americans generally view Thanksgiving as an idyllic affair. Kind Indians wearing paper feathers teaching black-and-white...
November 26, 2013
Review of R. Tracy McKenzie’s The First Thanksgiving
Over at Christianity Today, I reviewed Robert Tracy McKenzie's excellent The First Thanksgiving. Here's a sample: In 1623,...
November 25, 2013
Clergy Housing Allowances Ruled Unconstitutional
Last week came the news that, in the latest legal success for secularist advocacy groups,...
November 22, 2013
THE SIGN OF JONAH
For many Christians, Biblical literalism is a fraught subject. My own theory is that one...
November 21, 2013
Mormon Handcart Pioneers
One of the most poignant times in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ...
November 20, 2013
Blue Crabs and Evangelicals – Part 2
Aside from getting to feast on some great crab cakes and see a beautifully crafted...
November 19, 2013
“A New Birth of Freedom”: The Gettysburg Address
November 19, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, his most famous speech...
November 18, 2013
Very shortly, I will be receiving a real honor, but also one that comes with...
November 17, 2013
THE EVANGELICAL MELTING POT
Journalist Mira Kamdar had a lovely story in a recent New York Times about the...
November 15, 2013
RESTORING PRIMITIVE TRUTH
For many years I taught a course on Sects, Cults and New Religious Movements. Scholars...
November 14, 2013
The Secularization of Christian Holidays
The Christmas season starts early in Germany as well. Some stores have had their displays...
November 13, 2013
The Cold War Origins of World Vision
World Vision, known best for its child sponsorship programs, has become the largest and most...
November 12, 2013
The Supreme Court and Deity-Specific Prayers
Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case...
November 11, 2013
When death comes before life
Martin Luther, mindful of the trials and blessings of family life, offered balm to women...
November 10, 2013
WARS OF RELIGION?
What are religious wars really about? I’ve been posting recently about the relationship between war...
November 08, 2013
REFORMATIONS THEN AND NOW
I have been thinking recently about parallels between the Reformation and the rise of contemporary...
November 07, 2013
The Book of Mormon in 15 (or so) Days
I'm re-posting the below, which originally appeared in two separate segments at Religion in American...
November 06, 2013
The Expansion of Evangelicalism
This past week, I re-familiarized myself with John Wolffe's The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of...
November 05, 2013
Why I Am Still a Baptist
A reader recently asked me why, given my knowledge of and interest in church history,...
November 04, 2013
WAR AND GOD’S KINGDOM
Wars often change and reshape religions. I have posted recently, for instance, on how the...
November 03, 2013
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS
I posted recently about how wars shape religious change. Depending on the particular circumstances, wartime...
November 01, 2013
FAITH AT WAR
I have been thinking how warfare drives religious change. This arises partly from preparing the...
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