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June 13, 2016
The Hierarchy of Presses
A learned friend once made an excellent point, which sounds like a joke but is...
June 10, 2016
The Byzantine Dark Ages
In my last post, I urged the use of the unpopular term “Dark Age” as...
June 09, 2016
The Future of American Evangelicalism
Nearly twenty years ago, Christian Smith assessed American evangelicalism as "embattled but thriving." Nowadays, just...
June 08, 2016
The Limits of a Narrow Evangelical Advocacy
Today's guest post comes from David Bronkema, Associate Professor of International Development at Eastern University...
June 07, 2016
Changes at the Bench
The Anxious Bench began its life as a blog some four years ago. Since then, we've published...
June 03, 2016
Bringing Back the Dark Ages
I am about to say something really contentious and controversial: Dark Ages happen, and I...
June 02, 2016
A Punch in the Gut
Rupert Neudeck died earlier this week at the age of seventy-seven. Mostly unknown in the...
June 01, 2016
Silenced Women–Modern Lessons from an Ancient Murder
In the second century A.D., the pregnant wife of a prosperous Greek politician died from...
May 31, 2016
“Ask Jesus into Your Heart”: A History of the Sinner’s Prayer
[This week’s post comes from my Patheos archives.] Many an evangelical pastor has concluded a...
May 30, 2016
The Enoch Seminar
One of the most exciting areas today in Biblical scholarship (broadly defined) is the Enoch...
May 29, 2016
Why THE WITCH is One of the Greatest Historical Films Ever Made
I am several months late on this topic, but bear with me. Robert Eggers’s film...
May 27, 2016
Which Old Testament?
I am presently writing something that draws heavily on the Old Testament sources. I am...
May 26, 2016
Earthly Passions and Celestial Parts
"How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?" In his...
May 25, 2016
How Evangelicals Turned from a Born-Again Christian to a Divorced Hollywood Actor
Many evangelicals became deeply disillusioned with Carter's presidency. The sharp decline in ticket-splitting from 1976...
May 24, 2016
Martin Luther King and the History of Religious Extremism
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" would make it on my list of...
May 20, 2016
In my last column, I mentioned the New Thought movement of the early twentieth century,...
May 18, 2016
Banning the Bible: Did It Really Happen in the Medieval World?
Yes, it did. But not the way you were taught in Sunday School. Let me...
May 17, 2016
Reassessing the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was the most provocative Patriot action before the start...
May 16, 2016
Calvin, Calvinism, and the Institutes
"The whole of sacred doctrine consists of two parts," wrote John Calvin at the outset...
May 16, 2016
Which Spiritual Unrest?
I wrote last time about the failings of prophecy in predicting religious futures. Here is...
May 13, 2016
Histories of the Future
Has anyone ever collected predictions of the future of religion, whether in a book or...
May 12, 2016
The Rise of “Abrahamic Religions”
Most semesters, I teach a course my university titled "Religions of the West." Given my...
May 11, 2016
The Limits of Evangelical Identity Politics
Jimmy Carter’s born-again credentials drew many evangelicals to the polls in 1976. Evangelicals who had...
May 10, 2016
Edmund Burke, Trumpism, and the Worst of Both Worlds
I recently read Yuval Levin's engaging The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the...
May 06, 2016
The Last Crusade?
Whatever happened to America's crusades? Once upon a time, crusades were an integral part of...
May 05, 2016
The Puritan Way of Seeing Christ
Several years ago, my co-blogger Philip Jenkins penned a thoughtful post on Protestant iconoclasm, its...
May 04, 2016
The English Bible before the Reformation
Literally steps from where the Great Fire of London began in 1666, at Thomas Farriner's...
May 03, 2016
The Stunning Statistics of the Slave Trade
One of the most surprising revelations to me during my research for my new book...
May 02, 2016
We hear a lot these days about the growth of the “Nones,” people who refuse...
April 29, 2016
The Christ-Myth and the Napoleon-Myth
I recently blogged about The Myth of the Mythical Jesus. Among other things, I argued...
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