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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...
December 08, 2015
Ben Franklin, Anti-Catholicism, and the Founding of the University of Pennsylvania
Historians have generally cast the founding of the University of Pennsylvania (or the College of...
December 04, 2015
Four Good Questions
Through the years, I have often taught courses on Christian history, covering various periods. Whenever...
December 03, 2015
Woodrow Wilson, Race, and the Depravity of Human Nature
Today's guest post comes from Dr. Barry Hankins, professor of history at Baylor University. His religious...
December 01, 2015
Donald Trump and Monitoring Muslims
UPDATE: The topic of this post has taken on added urgency in light of the...
November 30, 2015
The Bible’s Voice
Does the Bible speak? If so, how? An oft-told tale of the Spanish conquest of...
November 27, 2015
Mani and the Giants
Last time, I described the Book of the Giants. Probably written in the third or...
November 25, 2015
The Thanksgiving before the First Thanksgiving
The Mayflower pilgrims anchored at what is now Provincetown Harbor on the south side of...
November 25, 2015
Eating Eel: Your Guide to an Authentic Thanksgiving
Turkey might be traditional fare at Thanksgiving, but it’s probably not historical.
November 24, 2015
This Thanksgiving, Stop Idolizing the Pilgrims
A couple of years ago at Christianity Today, I reviewed Robert Tracy McKenzie’s excellent book The First Thanksgiving. Here’s...
November 20, 2015
The Book of the Giants
No, whatever the title suggests, that is not the name of a forthcoming novel from...
November 18, 2015
Thinking Medieval about “Masculine” Christianity
“God has given Christianity a masculine feel.” I remember when John Piper said this at...
November 17, 2015
Islam: Inherently Violent?
The jihadist attacks in Paris have grieved and frightened the world again with the reality...
November 16, 2015
Over the Border
For some centuries, Jews of the Second Temple era lived in a world that was...
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