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May 06, 2015
The Limits of Free Speech?
The moment you limit free speech it's not free speech. ~Salman Rushdie In the wake...
May 05, 2015
“Theological Police”? Paleo Evangelicals and Ben Carson
In the week since my Washington Post piece on Baptists and Ben Carson, some critics...
May 04, 2015
I Want to Believe
Last year, Simcha Jacobovici and Barrie Wilson published an impressively dreadful book called The Lost...
May 01, 2015
The Seekers and the Sought
I have been writing about the English Non-Juror movement. About 1710, these dissident High Church...
April 29, 2015
Alexander Hamilton’s “Christian Constitutional Society”
Today's guest post comes from Jonathan Den Hartog, associate professor of history at the University...
April 29, 2015
The Guy Who Killed the Guy Who Killed Lincoln
150 years ago this past Sunday, Boston Corbett killed the assassin John Wilkes Booth at...
April 28, 2015
Ben Carson and Baptist Identity
This week's column comes from my piece at The Washington Post - "Southern Baptists canceled...
April 27, 2015
Show a Bishop some Hospitality
On Monday, April 20, Boston’s Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, visited Gordon College, where I teach....
April 24, 2015
Don't blame the book, blame the reviewer. Kevin M. Kruse has a new book called...
April 23, 2015
Wolf Hall’s Prophetess
Having transitioned from Downton Abbey to Wolf Hall, PBS's Masterpiece Theater has entered onto terrain...
April 22, 2015
Journal Full of Joy
Of the reading of journals, there is no end, and yet much reading of them...
April 21, 2015
What’s at Stake in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law?
Dr. Barry Hankins is professor of history at Baylor University, and the co-author, with Thomas...
April 20, 2015
A short post on an important topic. I have written a good deal on Eastern...
April 17, 2015
Somewhere, Beyond The Sea
As I described in my last post, the Non-Jurors were a High Church movement within...
April 16, 2015
The Mormon Bonhoeffer
In the 1970s, Latter-day Saint leaders began to quote C.S. Lewis in the semi-annual General...
April 15, 2015
The United States of Freberg
I cringe a bit when my children break into show tunes while in public. Selections...
April 14, 2015
Should You Pursue a Ph.D.?
I routinely get questions from undergraduate and Master's students, at Baylor and elsewhere, about applying...
April 10, 2015
I recently reconnected with some old friends – well, very old really, about three centuries...
April 08, 2015
Does Christian Liberal Arts Education Have a Future?
A month ago, the board of Sweet Briar College announced that the school, which has educated...
April 07, 2015
The Counterintuitive Art of Promoting Books
Everyone seemingly wants to be an author, and most authors want to promote their books....
April 06, 2015
Messiahs at Qumran
Messianic visions became central to Jewish thought during the second century BC, and the Dead...
April 03, 2015
Making the Messiah
The figure of the Messiah has been critical to both Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Christians,...
April 02, 2015
Mormons, Race, and Slavery
In the middle of 1870, Scipio Africanus Kenner feared losing the girl he loved. For...
April 01, 2015
Beyond Playboy: The Inner Life of Jimmy Carter
In 1976 Playboy magazine conducted its infamous interview of Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. The...
March 31, 2015
Can Evangelicals Become More Likeable?
Over at the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof - one of America's most open-minded liberal...
March 29, 2015
Messiahs by the Sackful
Some timely thoughts for Holy Week! In Jesus Christ Superstar, a mocking Pilate complains that...
March 27, 2015
The Deist Revolution
I echo pretty much everything my colleague Tommy Kidd wrote in his recent column What...
March 26, 2015
The heresiography (or heresiology) is something of a dying genre among Christians today. For centuries,...
March 25, 2015
American Religion in the 1950s
From the Archive. Originally posted July 31, 2013. In American memory, the 1950s are often portrayed...
March 24, 2015
What Is Deism?
The claim that any of the Founding Fathers were deists generates pushback among certain conservatives. This...
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