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From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, I...
Crusade University and the Limits of Evangelical Intellectualism
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Jessica Hahn and Evangelical Silence on Sexual Abuse
We are so pleased to welcome back John Wigger to the Anxious...
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This summer I went to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery...
It is Time to Stop Using Paul Against...
“I hate Paul.” I can’t tell you how many times I have...
Jim Bakker and PTL
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Can "Evangelicalism" Survive Trump?
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Wells announced that he would like to...
When Evangelicals Campaigned for Family Values
On the campaign against loose morals in the 1920s and how contemporary...
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD...
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Romans 8:31, Chris Tomlin, And The Faith Of...
"Water You turned into wine; Opened the eyes of the blind; There's...
The Upside of Historical Amnesia As the Reformation...
That many people can’t remember what the Protestant Reformation was all about...
Torture in Evangelical Discourse
How evangelical individualism justifies the use of torture
The Great Awakening and the Collapse of New...
What happens when a religious establishment implodes? In his magisterial Darkness Falls...
Evangelicals on Campus
"From 1950 until the 1990s," writes Andrew Finstuen in his contribution to...
4 Steps to the Renewal of Evangelicalism
With evangelicals facing mounting evidence of decline, Chris suggests four steps for...
The Chance of Salvation
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Evangelical Silence and Trump: A Reformation Irony
I worry that evangelicals have become too comfortable with hiding our inaction...
Reclaiming Life at Home: Declaring War on Clutter...
Imagine for a moment a team of anthropologists walking through your door,...
Christian Colleges, Sexuality, and "Cultural Waterloo"
I don’t know Carl Trueman or Rod Dreher, but I do know...
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Prosperity Gospel Apocalypse: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's...
The Bakker’s had become proponents of the prosperity gospel, a message that...
George McGovern and the Religious Left
I'm pleased to post this interview with Mark Lempke, who just published...
Recalibrating the "Evangelical Paradigm"
A growing body of evidence points to a pitched battle between evangelical...
4 Reasons Why John Wesley Opposed the American...
American Christians invoke John Wesley on all manner of subjects including sanctification,...
Should Women Rule? Netflix's The Crown and Complementarian...
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Bernie Sanders, Anti-Evangelical Bigot?
Senator Bernie Sanders opposed the nomination of Russell Vought as deputy director...
This Thai Is Not Like the Others
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Wonder Woman and Complementarianism
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Mike Pence, "Orientation to Authority," and Public Uses...
When Vice President Mike Pence told Naval Academy graduates on Friday that...
Lysa TerKeurst, Bible Gateway, and Fides ex Auditu:...
Several months ago I heard a catchy phrase preached in a sermon....
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The End of American Evangelicalism
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Fairness for All: A Call for Culture Peacemakers?
For nearly half a century, American Christians have, to greater and lesser...
Are Women Human in Christian Academia?
Recently, Karen Swallow Prior spoke out against the "Billy Graham rule"--married men...
Defining Evangelicalism: Part 1,242...
Douglas Winiarski's Darkness Falls on the Land of Light begins with the...
Still Searching for Christian America
“At times of crisis it is a natural human reaction to turn...
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 7 -...
What does the future hold for corporate evangelicalism?
Around eighteen years ago, my wife and I drove out into the...
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 6 –...
Evangelicalism's political past and its future after Trump.
Alienated and Ambivalent Evangelical Scholars
Along with several of my co-bloggers, last week I was at the...
Homeless: The Evangelical Left in 2016
2016 would appear to be the perfect moment to launch a revitalized...
Highlights from the 2016 Meeting of the Conference...
Race, gender, identity... and Donald Trump. Revisiting the 2016 meeting of the...
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 5 -...
How corporate evangelicals remade themselves in the Great Depression and after.
The Culture Wars and Evangelical "Evangelism"
Christians, who are people of the Book, follow political scripts as well...
Hey White Evangelicals, Welcome to Anabaptism
After centuries of relying on sky-high Amish birthrates for church growth, Anabaptism...
Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 4 – The...
In July 1925, America was gripped by a spectacle of the sort...
History, Empathy, and Race in America
In the white paper “Measuring College Learning in History” (a surprisingly good...
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 3 -...
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How Activists Claimed Primary Season (for awhile)
During the Democratic National Convention, supporters of Bernie Sanders denounced the superdelegate...
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, By Their Words
by Katelyn Guichelaar and Kristin Du Mez The national party conventions of...
Trump, Evangelicals, and the Democratic Party
White evangelicals have become such an entrenched bloc in the Republican Party...
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 2 -...
[You can read Part 1 here if you missed it.] Let’s...
Evangelicals, Local Churches, and Transformational Advocacy
Historically, evangelicals have hesitated to engage structures and systems. The book Advocating...
History, Memory, and Relevance: Reflections on Christian Feminism...
Last week I attended the biennial Christian Feminism Today conference, an organization...
Moving Beyond "When Helping Hurts"
This guest post comes from Steve Offutt, a professor of development studies...
The Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 1)
Part 1: who are the “corporate evangelicals?” These have been banner...
The Future of American Evangelicalism
Nearly twenty years ago, Christian Smith assessed American evangelicalism as "embattled but...
The Limits of a Narrow Evangelical Advocacy
Today's guest post comes from David Bronkema, Associate Professor of International Development...
“Ask Jesus into Your Heart”: A History of...
[This week’s post comes from my Patheos archives.] Many an evangelical pastor...
The Limits of Evangelical Identity Politics
Jimmy Carter’s born-again credentials drew many evangelicals to the polls in 1976....
J.C. Can Save America
Ted Cruz marshals a rhetoric of Christian America in his campaign for...
Back in 2012, when Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, many disappointed...
The End of American Evangelicalism
One of the big surprises of 2016 is the extent of evangelical...
For historians and other scholars, religion provides an endless supply of fascinating...
Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: South Korea
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Evangelicals Will Vote Trump
On Tuesday, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Donald Trump. A...
The Global Context of InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter
Part of InterVarsity’s response to the #BlackLivesMatter controversy has been entirely predictable....
Bethel at War: A Digital History
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Vonette Zachary Bright (1926-2015)
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InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter in Historical Perspective
In the last month, Franklin Graham called for a moratorium on Muslim...
Because Xmas really is Xpian...
This is from my Anxious Bench archives. It is still one of my...
For Evangelicals, Party Trumps Personalities
My co-blogger Thomas Kidd suggests that church-going evangelicals and a group he...
Searching for the Political Messiah
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“You Know Where Else They Have May-Day Military...
Wes Craven wasn’t the only rebel at Wheaton. Many students in the...
The Historical Adam
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Nightmare at Wheaton: Wes Craven Encounters the Fundamentalist...
Imagine Wes Craven, the Hollywood provocateur who died last week, as a...
Race and American Christianity
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. After...
The Biblical Case for Organized Labor
Today's guest post is from Heath W. Carter. He is an assistant...
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as Secular Hymnody
In 1345, on a cold Tuesday night just before Easter, a miracle...
The "Evangelicals" Who Support Donald Trump
There has been much hand-wringing in recent weeks about the persistent support...
How Far Mike Huckabee Has Fallen
Over at the Washington Post's Acts of Faith blog, I have a piece on...
Why I am (Still) An Evangelical
Here I offer my contribution to the Evangelical Channel's Theme: Why I...
Reports of Evangelicalism's Demise Are Overblown
This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith...
The Problem of Personality-Driven Congregationalism in American Evangelicalism
As the American colonies congealed into a new nation, the founders undertook...
The Thee Decade: The 1970s Was More Than...
The decade of the Seventies has a rather dismal reputation. In his...
The Past and Presence of Progressive Evangelicalism
Brantley Gasaway’s new book on progressive evangelicalism opens with a striking story....
Caitlyn Jenner, The Duggars, and The Culture of...
The news cycles and Twitter trends of recent weeks have reminded us...
The Blind Spots of an American Evangelical
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Reuben Torrey and Henry Crowell are the two key figures in Timothy...
Doing Bad to Do Good: Carter’s Race-Baiting Election...
In 1970 Jimmy Carter ran a sordid campaign for governor of Georgia....
Recently, Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God has generated considerable attention for...
Do You Love Theology More Than Jesus?
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Journal Full of Joy
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Headship and Abuse
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Can Evangelicals Become More Likeable?
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The heresiography (or heresiology) is something of a dying genre among Christians...
American Religion in the 1950s
From the Archive. Originally posted July 31, 2013. In American memory, the...
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