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March 31, 2014
April’s First Things boasts not one but two worthy articles on embryos. I agree with...
March 29, 2014
The Urban Pulpit
Two years ago, I posted an interview with Matthew Bowman, a preview of a book...
March 28, 2014
THE CHASM OF HISTORY
When scholars look at the Bible, or any other ancient religious work, they are well...
March 27, 2014
The Brightness of the Sun
Sometime around the year 1820, the young Joseph Smith was troubled. According to the earliest...
March 26, 2014
Unintended Consequences in American Religious History
Evan Treborn has a gift. The main character in the 2004 science-fiction film The Butterfly...
March 25, 2014
Yes, Religious Liberty is Threatened in America
Oral arguments begin today at the Supreme Court in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, a case precipitated...
March 24, 2014
COUNTING THE WAYS
Early Christians referred to their movement as The Way, Hodos. No later than the early...
March 22, 2014
An Interview with Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Author of The Men Who Lost America
Today's guest post is an interview with Dr. Andrew O'Shaughnessy, by David Moore. Dave blogs...
March 21, 2014
THE WAY TO TRANSLATE
For some years now, I have found it hard to read the New Testament in...
March 20, 2014
Visions in the Hebrew Scriptures
Beginning today, I'm starting a weekly series on visions. My immediate interest in the question...
March 19, 2014
The Strange Case of Two Stony Brook School Classmates
Several weeks ago I settled down to my usual Sunday afternoon reading of the New...
March 18, 2014
George Marsden and the Gift of Clear Writing
Over at The Gospel Coalition, I recently reviewed The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s...
March 17, 2014
Lenten Confessions: The App
It was bound to happen. As apps proliferate for all kinds of purposes, it was...
March 16, 2014
EUROPE AND AFRICA
Largely through the missionary efforts of the day, early modern Europeans had quite extensive awareness...
March 14, 2014
A WIDER WORLD
I have been posting about how contemporary visual materials can be used to reflect the...
March 13, 2014
The End of Religious Freedom?
What is religious freedom? Is it the freedom to worship or otherwise interact with God,...
March 12, 2014
Religious Marketplace, Religious Fragmentation
I am a big fan of religious disestablishment. I appreciate the tireless advocacy (and agitation)...
March 11, 2014
“Ask Jesus into Your Heart”: A History of the Sinner’s Prayer
[This week's post comes from my Patheos archives.] Many an evangelical pastor has concluded a...
March 10, 2014
PAINTING FRANCIS XAVIER
I posted about the art of mission, the ways in which Euro-American Christians visualized the...
March 07, 2014
THE ART OF MISSION
Visual art can be a terrific source for the history of religion, and that is...
March 06, 2014
American Pseudobibles (and the Book of Mormon)
Americans during the Revolutionary era and the Early Republic lived in a world suffused with...
March 05, 2014
Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: Holiness Edition
Jay Beaman, a sociologist at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, likes to do historical...
March 04, 2014
Tocqueville’s Uncanny Vision
Last week I had the privilege of leading my History of American Thought class at...
March 03, 2014
Thoughts on That Last Thin Mint
This week closes Girl Scout cookie season in Massachusetts. (There are people out there who...
March 02, 2014
WELSH AMERICA, AMERICAN WALES
I recently posted about the sizable and often under-appreciated presence of Welsh people in America....
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