Are the gods present?

“After he has lunched on his God on Sunday, / You should worship his turd on Monday.” So the French Huguenot polemical poet Agrippa d’Aubigné mocked the Catholic Eucharist. Early Protestants felt and feigned horror at the idea that Catholics believed that they chewed, swallowed, and digested the very body of Jesus Christ. They were [Read More…]

Betsy DeVos, Sandra Bullock, and the Historical Cost of School Choice

How a popular Hollywood movie celebrates the potential benefits of school choice, but obscures the historical causes and costs of that course of action. [Read more…]

When Religious Biography Is Not Hagiography: Woodrow Wilson

A new book on Woodrow Wilson illustrates that religious biography need not be hagiography. [Read more…]

Spreading the Faith: Lessons from US History

We hear a lot today about the effects of immigrants on American religion, and the rise of a majority-minority country. I am always surprised that in such discussions, writers rarely pay attention to an era of US history that is today more relevant than ever, namely the mass influx of immigrants in the previous great [Read More…]

Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: Baptists during WWII and Vietnam

While most Baptists supported America’s war efforts in WWII and Vietnam, some embraced the pacifism of their Anabaptist ancestors. [Read more…]

Spreading the Faith: Daniel Syndrome

Another in a series of posts about the many and various ways in which religions spread – often by people who originally had no intention whatever of becoming missionaries, or indeed of leaving their homes. Sometimes, people really do set out to spread their religion to new parts of the world, and they enjoy great [Read More…]

Spreading the Faith: Mission, Migration and Movement

As you must have noticed, immigration has been much in the news of late, and mainly in the context of religion. This actually gets to a lot of work I have been doing recently about how religions move and spread – in this case, mainly Christianity. I’ll address various aspects of this in my next [Read More…]

Biographies Full of Females

Who’s significant? As Chris Gehrz discussed in a recent post, his students — and most publishers — think that a “biography is a book written about a significant individuals.” Most of those individuals happen to be men in positions of political power. Presidents, kings, businessmen, and a few religious leaders thrown into the mix. This [Read More…]

A Report from the Women’s March on Washington

Guest blogger Mandy McMichael reflects on her participation in the Women’s March on Washington in light of a course she taught on the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama [Read more…]

“…Not Hitler, But Still Kinda Like Hitler”

Should historians consider analogies between Donald Trump and fascist leaders like Adolf Hitler? While the differences are significant, the similarities are growing difficult to ignore. [Read more…]