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September 03, 2015
Race and American Christianity
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. After my freshman year...
August 20, 2015
Publishing without Perishing
Several of my co-bloggers have commented on aspects of dissertation writing and academic publishing. Perhaps...
August 12, 2015
Seer Stones and Prophetic Authority
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made national and international news...
July 30, 2015
The Ransom of the Soul
What causes changes in the way Christians understand God, salvation, or the afterlife? Peter Brown...
July 23, 2015
The Disappearance of Heaven
When I was in college, both my InterVarsity chapter and my local Baptist church (for...
July 16, 2015
Under God — since When?
Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America has received considerable...
July 09, 2015
Early Christian and Medieval Heavens
Two weeks ago, I began a discussion of Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang's Heaven: A...
July 01, 2015
The Quick Triumph of Same-Sex Marriage
From the 2013 Anxious Bench archives... About a decade ago, the historian David Chappell wrote...
June 25, 2015
The Biblical Heavens
What do you think of when you think of heaven? Is your first thought God...
June 17, 2015
Child Preachers, Then and Now
The New York Times recently published a fascinating report on Brazilian Pentecostal "child preachers," which...
June 10, 2015
The King James Bible and American Religious History
After various children's bibles, I first read the Good News Bible. Since the Bible turned...
June 04, 2015
There does seem to be a basic societal need for penance. In previous days, penance...
May 21, 2015
Reuben Torrey and Henry Crowell are the two key figures in Timothy Gloege's outstanding Guaranteed...
May 13, 2015
Tom Brady and Joseph Smith, Lies and Liars
"And yet Joseph Smith was plainly a liar," informs Lawrence Wright in his best-selling Going...
May 07, 2015
Recently, Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God has generated considerable attention for its claims about...
April 29, 2015
Alexander Hamilton’s “Christian Constitutional Society”
Today's guest post comes from Jonathan Den Hartog, associate professor of history at the University...
April 23, 2015
Wolf Hall’s Prophetess
Having transitioned from Downton Abbey to Wolf Hall, PBS's Masterpiece Theater has entered onto terrain...
April 16, 2015
The Mormon Bonhoeffer
In the 1970s, Latter-day Saint leaders began to quote C.S. Lewis in the semi-annual General...
April 02, 2015
Mormons, Race, and Slavery
In the middle of 1870, Scipio Africanus Kenner feared losing the girl he loved. For...
March 26, 2015
The heresiography (or heresiology) is something of a dying genre among Christians today. For centuries,...
March 18, 2015
Jesus, Time, and Calendars
A funny thing has happened to time during my adult lifetime. When I began college,...
March 05, 2015
Lincoln’s Shrewd Sermon
Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration as President of the United...
February 26, 2015
A Thief in the Night
Today, as part of a course on religion and film, I had the opportunity to...
February 19, 2015
Americans incarcerate. So begins and ends Jennifer Graber's The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons & Religion...
February 05, 2015
Christians have no good reason to believe Jesus is coming soon. Okay, in the final...
January 29, 2015
Be Nice to Missionaries
There are many good reasons to read Craig Harline's Way Below the Angels: the pretty...
January 22, 2015
The Kirtland Temple
Every year tens of thousands of people visit the Kirtland Temple, dedicated in 1836 by...
January 15, 2015
Even in slaveholding states, many white Americans were uneasy about the morality of black slavery...
January 08, 2015
Why Mormons Love Margaret Barker
Several years ago, a Latter-day Saint friend encouraged me to read British Methodist theologian Margaret...
December 18, 2014
Teaching American Religious History
15 weeks for the history and present of religion in the United States. "American Religious...
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