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August 24, 2015
Quite by accident, I have stumbled across an excellent tool for scholarly analysis. My source...
August 21, 2015
“Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Luke 7.20)....
August 20, 2015
Publishing without Perishing
Several of my co-bloggers have commented on aspects of dissertation writing and academic publishing. Perhaps...
August 19, 2015
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as Secular Hymnody
In 1345, on a cold Tuesday night just before Easter, a miracle happened in Amsterdam....
August 18, 2015
The “Evangelicals” Who Support Donald Trump
There has been much hand-wringing in recent weeks about the persistent support of Donald Trump...
August 14, 2015
The Other Tyre
I say this with some nervousness, but I think I have a minor discovery to...
August 12, 2015
Seer Stones and Prophetic Authority
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made national and international news...
August 11, 2015
Teaching Salem Witchcraft
One of the most provocative topics in the American History survey class is the Salem...
August 10, 2015
The Missing Century, Revisited
My last post was a near-despairing attempt to locate a spiritual and/or political crisis that...
August 07, 2015
I was posting about some of the weird and wonderful ideas offered by Robert Graves...
August 06, 2015
Performing the City
And now, for something (not) completely different. In recent months, I have been working on...
August 05, 2015
A Report from Mennonite World Conference 2015
Mennonite World Conference doesn’t happen every day. In fact, it’s held only once every six...
August 04, 2015
How Far Mike Huckabee Has Fallen
Over at the Washington Post's Acts of Faith blog, I have a piece on the strange decline...
August 01, 2015
Bill Hamblin: End of Debate?
Bill Hamblin is presently not saying much in our continuing debate. Frankly, I am pretty...
July 31, 2015
The Persian Package
I have posted frequently about the major change that occurs within Judaism in the two...
July 30, 2015
The Ransom of the Soul
What causes changes in the way Christians understand God, salvation, or the afterlife? Peter Brown...
July 29, 2015
Why I am (Still) An Evangelical
Here I offer my contribution to the Evangelical Channel's Theme: Why I am (Still) Evangelical....
July 28, 2015
Reports of Evangelicalism’s Demise Are Overblown
This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Evangelicalism....
July 27, 2015
Warlords and Holy Men
I steal my title from a classic book on early Scottish history by Alfred P....
July 26, 2015
Debating Ancient Book of Mormon Fantasies
I have been engaged in exchanges with Bill Hamblin at his blog, on the subject...
July 24, 2015
Jesus, Ebionites and Jewish-Christians
Reading Robert Graves’s 1946 novel King Jesus is like undertaking an archaeological dig into intellectual...
July 23, 2015
The Disappearance of Heaven
When I was in college, both my InterVarsity chapter and my local Baptist church (for...
July 21, 2015
Professors and the New Public Sphere
I have been reading Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. This...
July 18, 2015
Of Bill Hamblin, History and the Book of Mormon
I have been engaged in a debate of sorts with Bill Hamblin on the historicity...
July 17, 2015
Jesus the Essene
I have been posting about Robert Graves’s 1946 novel King Jesus, which presented a wealth...
July 16, 2015
Under God — since When?
Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America has received considerable...
July 15, 2015
The Problem of Personality-Driven Congregationalism in American Evangelicalism
As the American colonies congealed into a new nation, the founders undertook a "lively experiment."*...
July 14, 2015
What Are The Most “Important” Topics in American History?
I recently spoke at the annual conference of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools,...
July 13, 2015
A classic book can change your life. Oddly, on occasion, a much lesser and truly...
July 12, 2015
Apples, Oranges and Nephites
Neil Rappleye is a Book of Mormon apologist. He recently did a piece about me...
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