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January 16, 2017
When did “Interreligious Dialogue” begin?
It is hard to find today a major city that does not have an “interfaith”...
January 13, 2017
And the Non-Stories
Recently, I write about some of the megatrends that have shaped American religion over the...
January 12, 2017
A New Moral Vision
If you clicked on this link because you're desperately seeking a new moral vision, this...
January 11, 2017
Make a Good Impression at Academic Conferences (Please!)
It was sunny and warm today in Texas without a snow cloud in sight. I...
January 10, 2017
Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of War
Two of the most famous British veterans of World War I were C.S. Lewis and...
January 09, 2017
Branching Paths and Alternate Histories
I have long valued Rick Perlstein as an excellent scholar of recent American history, chiefly...
January 06, 2017
Forty Years On: American Megatrends
I am presently preparing some courses that I will teach at Baylor on “Late Modern”...
January 05, 2017
John Knox and His Women
Jane Dawson begins and ends her biography of John Knox with touching, familial scenes. The...
January 04, 2017
Studying Islam as a Christian Historian
What it's like to study the history of Islam as a Christian scholar? Bethel University...
January 03, 2017
Teaching the Great War Where It Was Fought
"You have the best job." So said an acquaintance at the Minnesota Historical Society earlier...
December 30, 2016
Finding Jesus’s Mother
Over the Christmas season, we naturally hear so much about Jesus’s mother, Mary, and in...
December 29, 2016
Fear No Evil: Christian Witness in a Time of Darkness
A truck plows into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market. Heart-wrenching images from Aleppo disquiet...
December 28, 2016
A Tale of Two Pastors: Mark Driscoll and A (Medieval) New Year’s Proposal for the 2017 Church
This is a story of two pastors. The first was a vicar in the deanery...
December 27, 2016
Changes Coming in 2017 at The Anxious Bench
As is often the case with group blogs, change is a constant at The Anxious Bench. Just six...
December 26, 2016
Christmas and Epiphany, Birth and Baptism
You may have noticed an interesting theological debate currently under way among evangelicals. Critiquing the...
December 23, 2016
The Magi and the Cave of Treasures
As any Bible reader knows, the infant Jesus was visited by Magi, who brought gold,...
December 22, 2016
Christ Our Morning Star
Adapted from the Anxious Bench archives: My local Presbyterian church has a "Longest Night" service shortly...
December 21, 2016
A Very Not-So-Merry Christmas: How Protestantism Nearly Killed St. Nick
Relics and indulgences weren’t the only casualties of the Reformation. So was Christmas. Christmas was...
December 20, 2016
Adventures in Parenting as a Historian: The American Girl Books
On seeing history through the eyes of a seven year old, as she reads American...
December 19, 2016
The Most Influential Theologian You’ve Never Heard of
Who is Josef Kleutgen (1811-1883)? The name is not a household name, except in my...
December 17, 2016
Because Xmas really is Xpian…
This is from my Anxious Bench archives. I originally posted it December 2, 2015. But...
December 16, 2016
That REALLY Old Time Religion
Over the past few months, I have posted quite a few items on the subject...
December 15, 2016
Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox
Tis the season. Christmas music is everywhere. I’m not a complete Grinch when it comes...
December 14, 2016
The Peace of Christmas during the Pain of Life
In the far west of England, almost to Wales, the medieval spire of St. Alkmund's...
December 13, 2016
A Very Nazi Christmas
Under National Socialism, Christmas in Germany featured a mix of de-Christianized traditions, neopagan rituals, and...
December 12, 2016
Mel Brooks and Teaching European History
I dearly love Mel Brooks as a comedian, but I do have some quarrels with...
December 10, 2016
The Problems of Writing Biography (Part 3 – Evidence and Imagination)
Why historians and biographers must often tell stories imaginatively, on the basis of relatively little...
December 09, 2016
A Different World: Teaching Americans about European History
I have often taught courses focused on Europe, or in which Europe plays a substantial...
December 08, 2016
The Saint as Marriage Counselor
One of the greatest Celtic saints was Colmcille, or Columba, who lived from c.521-597. About...
December 07, 2016
You Might Be a Mennonite If…
Ervin Beck, a folklorist at Goshen College, recalls growing up in a Mennonite congregation where...
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