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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...
April 28, 2016
Guns at Church
Sunday was a dangerous time. When people left their homes and went to church, it...
April 21, 2016
What’s in a Name?
While he tends his father-in-law's sheep, as recorded in the Book of Exodus, Moses sees...
April 14, 2016
When the Mormon Jesus Was Married
It is a staple of anti-Mormon literature (and evangelical countercult literature more generally) that the...
April 07, 2016
Was Nebuchadnezzar a Werewolf?
"Nebuchadnezzar's malady was not unlike a lycanthropy," wrote Cotton Mather in his Biblia Americana. The...
March 31, 2016
American Colonial History
In today's post I am talking with fellow Anxious Bench blogger, Baylor University historian, and...
March 29, 2016
Who Is the Mormon Jesus?
In today's post I am talking with Anxious Bench blogger and George Mason professor John...
March 24, 2016
Stephen H. Webb
Two weeks ago, prolific American theologian Stephen H. Webb died. For a beautiful tribute, see...
March 16, 2016
The End of American Evangelicalism
One of the big surprises of 2016 is the extent of evangelical support for Donald...
March 10, 2016
American Protestantism and Madness
Nearly twenty years ago, I visited a psychiatric unit near the city of Cebu in...
March 03, 2016
Death and Faith in the Civil War
In February of 1864, a Confederate officer named Franklin Gaillard received word of his father's...
February 25, 2016
For historians and other scholars, religion provides an endless supply of fascinating narratives. And few...
February 18, 2016
In Paul's letter to the church at Philippi, he includes what most scholars regard as...
February 11, 2016
The Geneva Bible’s One Covenant of Grace
From 1560 until well into the seventeenth century, the Geneva Bible was the most widely...
February 04, 2016
Malcolm X in Cairo
"My heart is in Cairo," declared Malik El-Shabazz (more commonly known as Malcolm X, formerly...
January 28, 2016
Evangelicals Will Vote Trump
On Tuesday, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Donald Trump. A NBC news poll...
January 21, 2016
The Invention of God
Thomas Römer's The Invention of God is a provocative, brilliant, and challenging book. Römer's narrates...
January 14, 2016
How to Market a Book
The title of this post is as much of a question as a statement. This...
January 07, 2016
Vonette Zachary Bright (1926-2015)
In December 2004, I went to Orlando, Florida, to interview Vonette Bright. I was in...
December 31, 2015
The Study Quran
For the unfamiliar (that includes me), the Qur'an is an imposing, rather intimidating scripture. Unlike...
December 24, 2015
Joseph Smith’s Last Christmas
2 o[clo]ck about 50 couple sat down at my table to dine. while I was...
December 19, 2015
Congratulations to Our Own!
If you are still agonizing over how to select that life-changing-yet-affordable Christmas gift, we at...
December 17, 2015
The King of Beaver Island
Most people with only a passing acquaintance with the history of Mormonism presume that there...
December 10, 2015
Muslims, the New Mormons
In 1890, the U.S. Supreme Court -- in upheld laws intended to disenfranchise Mormon polygamists....
November 25, 2015
The Thanksgiving before the First Thanksgiving
The Mayflower pilgrims anchored at what is now Provincetown Harbor on the south side of...
November 12, 2015
Surprised by Joy
Joy Davidman Gresham is best known for the very end of her life. As depicted...
November 04, 2015
Religion, Secularization, and the Academy
On my campus, there are plenty of signs that religion is not going quietly into...
October 29, 2015
Trump, Presbyterians, and Adventists
A few days ago, Donald Trump thought it wise to remind Republican primary voters that...
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