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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...
April 26, 2014
Moral Minority in Paperback
Perhaps because he practices the Christian humility encouraged by Miles Mullin this past week, our...
April 24, 2014
Over the past several weeks, I've been exploring the role of visions in the history...
April 17, 2014
The Passions of Perpetua and Frans van der Lugt
Jesus warned that those who wanted to be his disciples would have to take up...
April 10, 2014
The New Prophecy
"Having assumed the form of a woman," a late second-century prophetess announced, "Christ came to...
April 03, 2014
The Visions of John of Patmos
A man named John found himself "on the island called Patmos on account of the...
March 29, 2014
The Urban Pulpit
Two years ago, I posted an interview with Matthew Bowman, a preview of a book...
March 27, 2014
The Brightness of the Sun
Sometime around the year 1820, the young Joseph Smith was troubled. According to the earliest...
March 20, 2014
Visions in the Hebrew Scriptures
Beginning today, I'm starting a weekly series on visions. My immediate interest in the question...
March 13, 2014
The End of Religious Freedom?
What is religious freedom? Is it the freedom to worship or otherwise interact with God,...
March 06, 2014
American Pseudobibles (and the Book of Mormon)
Americans during the Revolutionary era and the Early Republic lived in a world suffused with...
February 26, 2014
The Anabaptist Judith
Things were not going well in Münster (in present-day northwestern Germany) as of June 1534....
February 20, 2014
What’s in a Name?
At first glance, books about religious magazines should not be especially interesting, yet I find...
February 13, 2014
American Presbyterians and Israel
Even some seventy years after the Second World War, when one is in Germany one...
February 05, 2014
Evangelicals and Dr. King
Edward Gilbreath's Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church (InterVarsity, 2013)...
January 30, 2014
Apostles of Unreason
Molly Worthen's Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism is a sobering...
January 25, 2014
Stephen Webb’s Mormon Christianity
I recently had the pleasure of reading Stephen Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can...
January 23, 2014
Evangelicals and the Death Penalty
Anthony Santoro's Exile and Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourse on the Death Penalty features one of...
January 16, 2014
The Power of Biography
From the Anxious Bench archives: Especially because my colleague Thomas Kidd and I both like...
January 09, 2014
Tweeting the Bible
Is the Bible a funny book? Nearly a decade ago, I read David Maine's winsome...
January 02, 2014
Year of Mercy-ing
I was struck by Jeremy Lott's year-end piece at Real Clear Religion: "The Year of...
December 26, 2013
Reforming Hollywood is a complex and fascinating book. "The prevailing view in histories of American...
December 19, 2013
The Latter-day Saints and Anti-Polygamy Laws
One would think that with the half-decade "Mormon moment" now well past, Mormonism would now...
December 12, 2013
Mormons and Race
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new, detailed statement...
December 05, 2013
I love Advent hymns. My mother was always adamant that Christians had no business singing...
November 28, 2013
It's Thanksgiving. My plan was to plug my review of Tracy McKenzie's The First Thanksgiving...
November 21, 2013
Mormon Handcart Pioneers
One of the most poignant times in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ...
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