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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...
June 02, 2016
A Punch in the Gut
Rupert Neudeck died earlier this week at the age of seventy-seven. Mostly unknown in the...
May 26, 2016
Earthly Passions and Celestial Parts
"How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?" In his...
May 16, 2016
Calvin, Calvinism, and the Institutes
"The whole of sacred doctrine consists of two parts," wrote John Calvin at the outset...
May 12, 2016
The Rise of “Abrahamic Religions”
Most semesters, I teach a course my university titled "Religions of the West." Given my...
May 05, 2016
The Puritan Way of Seeing Christ
Several years ago, my co-blogger Philip Jenkins penned a thoughtful post on Protestant iconoclasm, its...
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