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April 08, 2016
1916 and Jewish History
The centennial of the First World War means that we have plenty of grim events...
April 07, 2016
Was Nebuchadnezzar a Werewolf?
"Nebuchadnezzar's malady was not unlike a lycanthropy," wrote Cotton Mather in his Biblia Americana. The...
April 06, 2016
Did Medieval Christians Accommodate Paganism?
The Roman Pantheon is awesome. And I mean "awesome" in the sense that my good-English-professor-friend...
April 05, 2016
The New United States: A “Christian Nation”?
Politicians and pop history writers squabble endlessly about whether America was founded as a "Christian...
April 04, 2016
War, Faith and Superstition
This year, we are of course commemorating the centennial of the First World War, and...
April 01, 2016
The Messiah, the Prince
I recently blogged on the many and various ways in which translators subtly (and usually...
March 31, 2016
American Colonial History
In today's post I am talking with fellow Anxious Bench blogger, Baylor University historian, and...
March 30, 2016
Food Rules and Habituated Practice
Last week I described an "eating exercise" meant to encourage my students to think historically...
March 29, 2016
Who Is the Mormon Jesus?
In today's post I am talking with Anxious Bench blogger and George Mason professor John...
March 28, 2016
On Theology and Wild Boar
This post will not be about Easter bunnies, but it will be about animals. In...
March 25, 2016
The Curse of Capitals and the Theology of Punctuation
I have invented a new discipline, the Theology of Punctuation. I am presently writing a...
March 24, 2016
Stephen H. Webb
Two weeks ago, prolific American theologian Stephen H. Webb died. For a beautiful tribute, see...
March 23, 2016
The Modern Roots of “Pagan” Easter
In the late nineteenth century, a Cambridge scholar sat at his desk and wove a...
March 22, 2016
The Bible: Mass Distribution and Massive Ignorance?
Over at the Weekly Standard I reviewed John Fea's excellent new history of the American Bible...
March 21, 2016
Numbering the Old Testament: 22, 24 , 39, or more?
Over the past couple of years my work has often brought me back to the...
March 18, 2016
The King’s Son Enters Jerusalem
I have been working on European history in the later nineteenth century, and specifically the...
March 16, 2016
The End of American Evangelicalism
One of the big surprises of 2016 is the extent of evangelical support for Donald...
March 16, 2016
The Eating Exercise
In Desiring the Kingdom James K.A. Smith contends that humans are imaginative, desiring, loving, affective...
March 15, 2016
Should You Apply to Graduate School?
Late spring is a good time for potential applicants to start thinking about applying to...
March 11, 2016
I have been discussing the effects of global changes in weather and climate on the...
March 10, 2016
American Protestantism and Madness
Nearly twenty years ago, I visited a psychiatric unit near the city of Cebu in...
March 09, 2016
The Christian History of “Pagan” Easter
I bought Easter candy for my students. It was a mistake. Although the students made...
March 08, 2016
American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths
My new Yale University Press book American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths is 'in stock'...
March 07, 2016
1320: Climate Change and the Demons Within
Climate change, weather, and agricultural cycles all played their part in religious history. On occasion,...
March 04, 2016
1741: A Climate of Revival
In my last post, I described the extreme climatic conditions that formed the background of...
March 03, 2016
Death and Faith in the Civil War
In February of 1864, a Confederate officer named Franklin Gaillard received word of his father's...
March 02, 2016
In 2004 the Kempf family farm in northeast Ohio was devastated by blight. Half of...
March 01, 2016
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation
For professors, writing letters of recommendation is a constant part of the job. Wise undergraduate...
February 29, 2016
Secularization or Religious Pluralism?
What is the “big story” that scholars should tell about the relationship of religion to...
February 26, 2016
1741: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Climate
I recently posted about understanding the social dimension to religious crises and conflicts. Briefly, I...
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