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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...
February 25, 2016
For historians and other scholars, religion provides an endless supply of fascinating narratives. And few...
February 23, 2016
The Constitution “Divinely Inspired”? Ben Franklin Answers
Last week I posted about a Ted Cruz rally at which Glenn Beck argued that the...
February 22, 2016
1680: Apocalypse and Modernity
The years between 1675 and 1685 were marked by repeated catastrophes, involving wars and revolts,...
February 18, 2016
1680: Revolts in America
I have been posting on the catastrophic years around 1680, when climate-induced changes vastly increased...
February 18, 2016
In Paul's letter to the church at Philippi, he includes what most scholars regard as...
February 17, 2016
Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: South Korea
South Korea is an embattled nation. Birthed out of brutal Japanese rule from 1910 to...
February 16, 2016
Ted Cruz: When Civil Religion Goes Too Far
Our fellow Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton posted about recent comments Glenn Beck made at a...
February 12, 2016
1680: The Limits of Christendom
I recently described the tumultuous years 1675-1685, and how they shaped the future of Europe...
February 11, 2016
The Geneva Bible’s One Covenant of Grace
From 1560 until well into the seventeenth century, the Geneva Bible was the most widely...
February 10, 2016
Counting the Cost of a History PhD
I still remember the day I got the letter. Five full years of support, including...
February 09, 2016
Why the Founding Fathers Spoke the King James Bible
One of the besetting problems of "Christian America" history writing is that it often interprets...
February 08, 2016
1680: Climates of Revolt
Any account of religion in the pre-Modern world has to take account of economic circumstances,...
February 05, 2016
1680: Crops, Catastrophes, and Religious Crises
This is about how we write religious history, and also about a dimension of that...
February 04, 2016
Malcolm X in Cairo
"My heart is in Cairo," declared Malik El-Shabazz (more commonly known as Malcolm X, formerly...
February 03, 2016
Bethel at War: A Digital History
I'm pleased to present a guest post from Fletcher Warren, a recent graduate of Bethel...
February 02, 2016
The Perfect Religious President
There are so many discussions swirling around evangelicals' best choice for president that it makes...
January 29, 2016
Why Gorgias Matters
This post concerns a wonderful and too-little known resource for Christian history. If you are...
January 28, 2016
Evangelicals Will Vote Trump
On Tuesday, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Donald Trump. A NBC news poll...
January 27, 2016
A Whale of a Tale: A Pastor’s Guide to Historical Research, Part II
In 1891, the British whaling ship Star of the East was slammed by the tale...
January 26, 2016
How Much Do You Need To Read Before Writing?
A reader and friend asked me recently about a key issue in the writing process:...
January 25, 2016
Christians in the Arab Gulf
I have been posting about Islamic apocalyptic mythologies that borrowed heavily from Christian precedents. That...
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