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June 20, 2018
The Religious Left in Modern America
I’m pleased to welcome Doug Rossinow, a professor of history at the University of Oslo,...
June 06, 2018
Rock Piles and Elves: Secularism and the Supernatural in Iceland
How elves complicate the usual narrative of secularism in Iceland
May 23, 2018
Death (and Life) Comes to the Archbishop
“I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die having lived.”
May 09, 2018
From Mennonite Pacifist to Marxist Revolutionary
The journey of a Mennonite woman from rural Kansas to international radicalism
April 11, 2018
Falwell vs. Claiborne: A Report from Lynchburg
What Liberty University and the Red Letter Revival in Virginia can tell us about the...
April 10, 2018
Evangelicals in Lynchburg: A Photo Essay
We recently returned from Lynchburg, Virginia, home of Liberty University and the site of the...
March 28, 2018
The Feminisms of Madeline L’Engle and Betty Friedan
Though she did not overtly situate her work within feminist conversations, L’Engle nonetheless points toward...
March 14, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time and the Gospel of the Third Way
If Madeleine L’Engle’s portrayal of communism as the evil "other" was not unusual, her antidote...
February 28, 2018
Black Fundamentalists and Moody Bible Institute
How black fundamentalists responded to Moody Bible Institute's accommodation to racial segregation
February 14, 2018
Race and Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute’s pursuit of middle-class respectability led away from a soft racial egalitarianism toward...
January 31, 2018
Cultivating Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Efforts to secure white, middle-class respectability are nothing new at Moody Bible Institute.
January 17, 2018
Crusade University and the Limits of Evangelical Intellectualism
Why Crusade University never got off the ground
January 03, 2018
Crusade University and the Intellectual Ambitions of Evangelicals
The story of evangelicals' attempt to launch an Ivy League-quality research university in the 1950s
December 20, 2017
Blaming the Victim: Billy Sunday and Male Power
How evangelicals abet a culture of masculine aggression
December 06, 2017
When Evangelicals Campaigned for Family Values
On the campaign against loose morals in the 1920s and how contemporary support for Roy...
November 22, 2017
“Take an Indian to Lunch”
In “Take an Indian to Lunch,” Freberg sings about an early Puritan politician who strategically...
November 08, 2017
African Spiritism Meets Halloween’s Ghouls in a Small Kentucky Town
Why global Christians are circumspect about Halloween
October 25, 2017
Losing Faith in Humanity
Reflections on evil and the Holocaust
October 11, 2017
My Grandma and Colin Kaepernick
Reflections on my grandma and Colin Kaepernick's encounter with civil religion
September 13, 2017
Empty Pews? Invite Some Immigrants to America!
Why Steve Bannon's comments on immigration make some sense
August 30, 2017
A Highly Trained Nonviolent Peacekeeping Force
The Mennonites behind the Clergy Protests in Charlottesville
August 16, 2017
Losing Faith in God
Elie Wiesel died one year ago at the age of 87. A ghastly genocide, one...
August 02, 2017
The End of the Mainline as America’s Public Conscience
This is Part II of my interview with Mark Lempke, author of the new book...
July 19, 2017
George McGovern and the Religious Left
I'm pleased to post this interview with Mark Lempke, who just published the terrific book...
July 05, 2017
4 Reasons Why John Wesley Opposed the American Revolution
American Christians invoke John Wesley on all manner of subjects including sanctification, the sacraments, and...
June 21, 2017
This Thai Is Not Like the Others
My research on the antitrafficking movement in Thailand primarily tracked American Christian networks. As I...
June 07, 2017
A Farang Scholar in Thailand
It’s good to be back at the Anxious Bench after a spring semester hiatus. As...
June 06, 2017
The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites East of the Mississippi
Let The Anxious Bench help you plan your summer travels, as we share some of...
December 27, 2016
Changes Coming in 2017 at The Anxious Bench
As is often the case with group blogs, change is a constant at The Anxious Bench. Just six...
December 21, 2016
A Very Not-So-Merry Christmas: How Protestantism Nearly Killed St. Nick
Relics and indulgences weren’t the only casualties of the Reformation. So was Christmas. Christmas was...
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