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June 07, 2017
The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites West of the Mississippi
If you're traveling in the western United States this summer, consider visiting some more of...
May 24, 2017
John Donne, Redone
"John Donne, Anne Donne, Undone." According to one later account, so the Elizabethan and early...
May 11, 2017
The End of American Evangelicalism
Amid the semester's end, the following is adapted and slightly updated from the Anxious Bench archives... One...
April 27, 2017
Keller and Coulter, Orthodoxy and Heresy
Most of you have no doubt heard about this spring's Kellerite controversy at Princeton Theological...
April 13, 2017
The End of Silence
Shusaku Endo's Silence is a very grim novel, as is the much-discussed recent film adaptation by...
March 29, 2017
Early modern English Protestants, at least the more earnest among them, were known...
March 16, 2017
Defining Evangelicalism: Part 1,242…
Douglas Winiarski's Darkness Falls on the Land of Light begins with the story of two...
March 02, 2017
Where is John the Baptist’s Head?
When I ask students to read and generate questions about the Gospel of Mark, someone...
February 16, 2017
Are the gods present?
"After he has lunched on his God on Sunday, / You should worship his turd...
February 02, 2017
Biographies Full of Females
Who's significant? As Chris Gehrz discussed in a recent post, his students -- and most...
January 19, 2017
The Desecration of Indian Corpses
In February 1850, Mormon settlers began a brief but bloody campaign against several bands of...
January 05, 2017
John Knox and His Women
Jane Dawson begins and ends her biography of John Knox with touching, familial scenes. The...
December 22, 2016
Christ Our Morning Star
Adapted from the Anxious Bench archives: My local Presbyterian church has a "Longest Night" service shortly...
November 24, 2016
Augustine and Thanksgiving
In Augustine's Confessions, at the end of a discussion of infancy and childhood, there is...
November 23, 2016
Around eighteen years ago, my wife and I drove out into the countryside beyond Louisville...
November 08, 2016
Election Day Reading Material from The Anxious Bench
Whether you want to read more about the 2016 election - or find something to...
October 27, 2016
Alienated and Ambivalent Evangelical Scholars
Along with several of my co-bloggers, last week I was at the Conference on Faith...
October 20, 2016
Latter-day Saints and the Anointing of Jesus
My co-blogger Philip Jenkins is in the midst of a fascinating series of posts (most...
October 13, 2016
Perishing While Flourishing
A few years ago, I went through the painful process of winnowing down the stacks...
September 29, 2016
God and the 2016 Presidential Debates
Four years ago, I wrote a post on "God and the Presidential Debates" after the...
September 15, 2016
Black Church, White Jesus
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. When I was twenty...
September 01, 2016
Mormons Will Vote Trump
The 2016 will go down in the annals of American political history as highly unusual....
August 18, 2016
How a Dissertation Becomes a Book
The first book of most academic historians is a strange creature: a dissertation that has...
August 04, 2016
Pelican of Mercy
Whenever I'm in Salt Lake City, I like to stop at the Cathedral of the...
July 21, 2016
America’s Public Bible
Many historians have observed that early Americans lived in a culture drenched in scripture. Through...
July 17, 2016
Sacred Violence in Early America
In 1637, English forces and their native allies encircled a Pequot village and burned alive...
July 07, 2016
Forgeries and Schadenfreude
Nearly four years ago, Karen King publicized a Coptic manuscript she had dated to the...
June 23, 2016
Review sites protect us from the hotel that serves rubbery scrambled eggs as its "free...
June 09, 2016
The Future of American Evangelicalism
Nearly twenty years ago, Christian Smith assessed American evangelicalism as "embattled but thriving." Nowadays, just...
June 07, 2016
Changes at the Bench
The Anxious Bench began its life as a blog some four years ago. Since then, we've published...
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