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January 18, 2016
Drawn to the Women Saints
“I am not Catholic, and yet I find myself drawn to the women saints,” admits...
January 15, 2016
Turmoil and Portents
Although the Islamic Hadith are sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, many of them probably...
January 14, 2016
How to Market a Book
The title of this post is as much of a question as a statement. This...
January 13, 2016
The Thin Blue Line
A thin blue line runs through the nave of Durham Cathedral in England. Made from...
January 12, 2016
Why I Joined Marco Rubio’s Religious Liberty Advisory Board
Many of you have heard that I have joined Senator Marco Rubio's Religious Liberty Advisory...
January 11, 2016
I have been posting about some apocalyptic sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, which are...
January 08, 2016
Jesus at Dabiq
The Hadith are sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, and some address apocalyptic themes. One...
January 07, 2016
Vonette Zachary Bright (1926-2015)
In December 2004, I went to Orlando, Florida, to interview Vonette Bright. I was in...
January 06, 2016
InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter in Historical Perspective
In the last month, Franklin Graham called for a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Polls seemed...
January 05, 2016
Donald Trump and the Crisis of American Populism
In the 1960s William F. Buckley famously quipped that he'd rather be governed by the...
January 01, 2016
Apocalypse at Dabiq
Over the past year, the word Dabiq has come to be associated with some horrendous...
December 31, 2015
The Study Quran
For the unfamiliar (that includes me), the Qur'an is an imposing, rather intimidating scripture. Unlike...
December 30, 2015
A Pastor’s Quick Guide to Reliable Historical Research
A friend of mine was preparing his sermon. We happened to be at the same...
December 29, 2015
Top Posts of 2015, Anxious Bench
Here are the year's top posts of 2015 by author. Thanks for reading and supporting...
December 28, 2015
The Ghosts of Stonehenge
'Tis the year's midnight, and 'tis the day's, and a good time to think of...
December 27, 2015
In Our Time
Here is my Christmas present to Anxious Bench readers. Do you ever listen to podcasts?...
December 25, 2015
The First Bath
Shepherds, magi, the ox and the ass… how can you say anything new about the...
December 24, 2015
Joseph Smith’s Last Christmas
2 o[clo]ck about 50 couple sat down at my table to dine. while I was...
December 23, 2015
Christmas, Augustine, and the Fornication of Demons
Nothing conjures up good Christmas cheer like St. Augustine. Consider this line from his Sermon...
December 22, 2015
Christmas in 1776
From the Patheos archive: ‘Tis the season to argue about religion. Or more specifically, to...
December 21, 2015
The tourist arrives in a city like Florence, Italy, ready to gape at the Renaissance....
December 19, 2015
Congratulations to Our Own!
If you are still agonizing over how to select that life-changing-yet-affordable Christmas gift, we at...
December 18, 2015
Weeping for God
I just read a review of a book that looks intriguing for religious history, namely...
December 17, 2015
The King of Beaver Island
Most people with only a passing acquaintance with the history of Mormonism presume that there...
December 16, 2015
1647: The Year Christians Cancelled Christmas
Well, I am overstating a bit. No one can really cancel Christmas, as the Grinch...
December 15, 2015
Top Five Books on Benjamin Franklin
What are the best books on the ever-fascinating founder Benjamin Franklin? As I have been...
December 14, 2015
After the Crisis
I have sketched the political and social meltdown that Palestine suffered in the terrible year...
December 11, 2015
The Year Jesus Was Born
Scholars differ on the exact birthdate of Jesus of Nazareth, though a fair consensus holds...
December 10, 2015
Muslims, the New Mormons
In 1890, the U.S. Supreme Court -- in upheld laws intended to disenfranchise Mormon polygamists....
December 09, 2015
Raising Victorian Children in China
If you can’t tell already by my many posts (here, here, and here), I’ve been...
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