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October 05, 2016
The Modern Roots of Pagan Halloween
I remember trick-or-treating when I was small. The night air was crisp and cool (we...
October 04, 2016
6 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching History to 6-Year Olds
A rare Anxious Bench parenting post: six things that Prof. Gehrz has learned about teaching...
September 30, 2016
The Religious Revolution of the 1970s: The Case of Iran
I have been doing a series of posts about the global revival of religious politics...
September 29, 2016
God and the 2016 Presidential Debates
Four years ago, I wrote a post on "God and the Presidential Debates" after the...
September 28, 2016
Hey White Evangelicals, Welcome to Anabaptism
After centuries of relying on sky-high Amish birthrates for church growth, Anabaptism has exploded in...
September 27, 2016
Beyond Books: The “Head of Christ”
The history of the most iconic image of Jesus in American culture — and why it...
September 26, 2016
The Religious Revolution of the 1970s: The Case of Israel
I have been posting about the aggressive revival of religious politics during the mid-1970s, and...
September 23, 2016
The 1970s and the Revenge of God
In my last blogpost, I discussed the political and cultural transformations of the 1970s, a...
September 22, 2016
An Open Letter to the ESV Translation Committee
I’m not a biblical translator, or even a biblical scholar. I’m a historian. As a...
September 21, 2016
Burning Witches in Medieval Europe?
Kilkenny lies deep in southern Ireland. Its history lies just as deep in the medieval...
September 20, 2016
Beyond Books: “Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest”
Chris Gehrz continues his series on types of Christian writing other than books by reflecting...
September 19, 2016
Counting Down to the Reformation at 500
There’s an African proverb, I am told, that goes like this: “If I don’t beat...
September 17, 2016
The Anxious Bench at the Conference on Faith and History
Where you can hear Anxious Bench contributors at next month's 30th biennial meeting of the...
September 16, 2016
When The Backwardness Came Back
In a recent post, I referred to economic pressures, and particularly oil prices, as a...
September 15, 2016
Black Church, White Jesus
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. When I was twenty...
September 14, 2016
Mother Teresa, Eastern Kentucky, and Transnational Charity
The canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4 was a global affair. The coronation occurred...
September 13, 2016
Beyond Books: Hymns as Christian Writing
Do we overstate the influence of books and underestimate the importance of other types of...
September 12, 2016
Only Yesterday: On Teaching Very Recent US History
I wrote recently about the problems of defining the major themes in recent American history....
September 11, 2016
The Best 100 Films, and the Rest
I recently blogged about recent European films about faith and religion. That post was in...
September 09, 2016
Writing the 21st Century
Last time, I discussed the issues involved in trying to write the very recent history,...
September 08, 2016
Crisis of Corporate Evangelicalism (Part 4 – The “Other” Evangelicals)
In July 1925, America was gripped by a spectacle of the sort that reality TV...
September 07, 2016
The Divorce of a Pastor’s Wife in 1860 Texas
I went to a perfect wedding last weekend. It was deep in the rural heart...
September 06, 2016
The Anxious Bench Takes Over Social Media!
How you can now follow us on Twitter and Facebook...
September 03, 2016
Football at Christian Colleges and Universities
While schools as large as Baylor and as small as Bethel have long played football,...
September 02, 2016
American History: Writing the Present?
Now here is an interesting challenge. If you were writing a history of the United...
September 01, 2016
Mormons Will Vote Trump
The 2016 will go down in the annals of American political history as highly unusual....
August 31, 2016
The Space Between and the Migration of Identity
Today's guest post comes from Jenny McGill. She is the author of Religious Identity and...
August 30, 2016
Incarnate, Crucified, Resurrected: What It Means to Be the Body of Christ
What the Body of Christ has in common with the historical body of Jesus —...
August 29, 2016
The Place Called Dagon
I have been posting abut the modern mythology that tried to understand witchcraft as an...
August 26, 2016
European Films on Faith
My colleague Chris Gehrz recently did a valuable blogpost on films that treat religious topics...
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