About the Authors

John Turner teaches at George Mason University. He is the author of The Mormon Jesus (Harvard University Press, 2016); Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (Harvard University Press, 2012); and Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). You cannot follow him unless you find him in person.


Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University, and is based there  in the Institute for Studies of Religion. His most recent book is The Many Faces of Christ: The Thousand-Year Story of the Survival and Influence of the Lost Gospels (Basic Books, 2015).




Agnes R. Howard teaches history at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, specializing in early America, particularly colonial New England.  She holds a PhD from the University of Virginia. She has spent time in Washington, DC, working in the office of Vice President Dan Quayle and for the journal, The Public Interest.  The birth of three children brought her attention to the history and culture of childbearing; the attainment of teen years by the eldest of the three has stretched those interests to other elements of the cultural landscape.  Her articles have appeared in CommonwealFirst Things, The Weekly StandardBooks & CultureThe Cresset, and other publications.


Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard currently holds the Stephen Phillips Chair of History at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he is also the director of the Center for Christian Studies and the founding director of the Jerusalem & Athens Forum, a great books honors program.  He is the author of several books, including Religion and the Rise of Historicism (Cambridge, 2000); Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University (Oxford, 2006), winner of the Lilly Fellows Program Book Annual Award, 2007; and God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide (Oxford, 2011), winner of a Christianity Today Book of the Year Award.


David R. Swartz teaches history at Asbury University. He is author of Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and writes at the Moral Minority blog. Areas of teaching interest and research include American religious history, twentieth-century American politics, Anabaptism, global religion, and issues of war and peace. He is the founder and faculty sponsor of Plowshares, a Central Kentucky group that promotes peace and reconciliation.


Beth Allison Barr is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in History at Baylor University, and a Resident Scholar at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. Her research focuses on women and gender identity in medieval and early modern English sermons, as well as how the Reformation era affected women in Christianity. She is the author of The Pastoral Care of Women in Late Medieval England (Boydell, 2008) and editor of The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries BethBarr-16 (web)of Baptist Interpretation. Her publications also include chapters in A Companion to Pastoral Care in the Late Middle Ages and The King James Bible and the World It Made and articles in Fourteenth Century England, The Journal of Religious History, and Church History and Religious Culture. Her current book projects include Women in English Sermons 1381-1625 and Because of Her Sex: A History of Women in the English Church. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004, and has been happily married to a youth pastor since 1997. You can follow her on Twitter @bethallisonbarr.


Chris GehrzChristopher Gehrz is Professor of History at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). Trained at Yale University (PhD, 2002) in European and international history, he teaches courses on 19th/20th century Europe, the two World Wars, and the Cold War and is the co-author of Bethel at War, 1914-2014: A Digital History of a Christian College in a Century of Warfare. His research now focuses on the histories of Pietism and Christian higher education. Chris is editor of The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education (IVP Academic, 2015) and The Pietist Impulse in Christianity. He is currently co-writing a book on Pietism in the 21st century. Chris blogs regularly at The Pietist Schoolman and can be followed on Twitter at @cgehrz.


Kristin Kobes Du MezKristin Du Mez teaches at Calvin College, where she serves as chair of the History Department and as a member of the Gender Studies faculty. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame, and her areas of specialization include women and gender in the history of American Christianity, with a particular focus on progressive Methodist women. Her first book, A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism (Oxford, 2015), traces the remarkable life and innovative theology of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), a Methodist social reformer, feminist theologian, and anti-trafficking activist. Kristin is currently writing a religious history of Hillary Rodham Clinton. You can follow her on Twitter @kkdumez.


Tim GloegeTimothy Gloege is an independent scholar and historian who writes, and occasionally teaches, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His first book, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), examines the intersection of evangelicalism and modern business practice in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Tim is currently working on a biography of the important, but idiosyncratic, fundamentalist revivalist and educator Reuben A. Torrey. He also has a more-than-passing interest in digital history, with a special interest in how historical data is stored, organized, linked, and manipulated. You can follow Tim on Twitter: @timgloege.