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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...
December 04, 2014
Henrietta Mears, Evangelical Optimist
Nearly two years ago, I wrote about the life of Henrietta Mears, the Sunday School...
November 27, 2014
"My reading of the Bible finds plenty of reminders that it’s better to teach someone...
November 13, 2014
Candles, Prayers, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Last weekend, Germany celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the end of the East German government's...
November 06, 2014
Rescue the Perishing
Gerard Russell's Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms is a remarkable book, both for its breadth and...
October 30, 2014
The Beginning and End of Mormon Polygamy
Many observers of Mormonism have offered their thoughts on the recent statements on plural marriage...
October 23, 2014
America’s Spiritual Founding Father
In time for the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Whitefield (pronounced Whit-field),...
October 16, 2014
The Lost Book of Mormon
There are not very many contemporary accounts of Mormonism in which the author is expelled...
October 09, 2014
The Elders of Israel
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds semiannual general conferences, with twenty thousand...
October 02, 2014
Zachary Hutchins's Inventing Eden is a remarkable book. As its subtitle explains, Hutchins examines "primitivism,...
September 18, 2014
Brigham Young’s Favorite Hymn
On April 8, 1877, Brigham Young delivered a sermon on the occasion of his imminent...
September 11, 2014
The Best Evangelicals on Campus
The recent de-recognition of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship by the massive California State University system is...
September 04, 2014
Pioneer Prophet in Paperback
My co-blogger Thomas Kidd mentioned in his most recent post that he has learned "how...
August 28, 2014
The Age of Evangelicalism
Steven Miller's first book, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South, discusses the...
August 14, 2014
Bonhoeffer Biography a Masterpiece
Charles Marsh's Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has received much attention since its...
August 07, 2014
A Time to Mourn
There are so many things that compete for our attention. Gaza, Ukraine, and Ebola, deservedly...
August 01, 2014
Christians and the Death Penalty
Why should Christians (and other Americans) oppose the death penalty, at least as currently practiced...
July 23, 2014
Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham
Outsiders to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints familiar with Mormonism typically have...
July 17, 2014
Reform or perish. Cultural and ideological liberals have given such advice to conservative churches for...
June 26, 2014
Fully Divine, Fully Human Word of God
When Christianity Today editor Harold Lindsell identified a Battle for the Bible in 1976, he...
June 19, 2014
Have Visions Ceased?
In his published account of his first visionary experience, Joseph Smith reported that a Methodist...
June 12, 2014
Evangelicals Not Welcome
It's been a long time since most public and private universities and colleges in the...
June 05, 2014
The Papers of a Prophet
The Joseph Smith Papers Project website (josephsmithpapers.org) is one of the very best electronic resources...
May 29, 2014
Dancing with Jesus
Anna Vetter grew up amid the poverty of the Thirty Years War. After marrying, she...
May 22, 2014
Most of us who think about the history of American evangelicalism are Anglo-centric. That is,...
May 15, 2014
American Religion and Freemasonry
Freemasonry is a tricky topic for historians of American religion, both in terms of classification...
May 08, 2014
This will not be Patheos's best anniversary post. For starters, I just double-checked the guidelines...
May 01, 2014
The Good Lord Bird
My series on visions will resume in a few weeks. In the meantime, it's worth...
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