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March 10, 2015
“The Enlightenment” and Its Relevance Today
I am skeptical about "The Enlightenment." It is an ideologically loaded term that implies that...
March 09, 2015
Do We Pay Too Much Attention to Radical Islam?
Judging by media coverage over the past few years, it would be easy to assume...
March 08, 2015
From Qumran to the Gnostics
I have been describing the emergence of some key ideas of sectarian Judaism that continue...
March 06, 2015
The Gnostics and the Interwar Crisis
The first thinkers we can find who probably did advocate complex Gnostic systems belong to...
March 05, 2015
Lincoln’s Shrewd Sermon
Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration as President of the United...
March 04, 2015
The First English-Speaking, Modern, Overseas Baptist Missionary?
Timelines of evangelical history generally mark 1792 as the birth of the "modern missionary movement."...
March 03, 2015
“Woven into the fabric of our country”? Islam in Early America
President Obama created controversy in a recent speech when he asserted that "Islam has been...
March 02, 2015
How to live in terrible times
The news is terrible lately. Maybe news always is bad. Many eras bristle with horror,...
March 01, 2015
Gnostics and Other Christians
It is very difficult to find much evidence of Gnosticism before the start of the...
February 27, 2015
Dating the Gnostics
In recent posts on Gnosticism, I have been tracing possible linkages with older Jewish movements....
February 26, 2015
A Thief in the Night
Today, as part of a course on religion and film, I had the opportunity to...
February 25, 2015
The Hare with Amber Eyes
Before reading this book, I had never heard of netsuke, which are intricate miniature ornaments,...
February 24, 2015
What Motivates Jihadists?
Over at The Atlantic, Graeme Wood has a fascinating but disturbing piece on the theological foundations...
February 23, 2015
Greek philosophy made it all but impossible to reconcile the transcendence of God with a...
February 22, 2015
Asking the Wrong Question
I have been puzzling over the origins of Gnosticism, and we can certainly find some...
February 20, 2015
Gnostics and Platonists
Although the origins of Gnostic thought are controversial, many of the core themes and terms...
February 19, 2015
Americans incarcerate. So begins and ends Jennifer Graber's The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons & Religion...
February 18, 2015
Despite some recent reports that the second ceasefire in the war in Ukraine is “generally...
February 17, 2015
Which Is Better: Small Church or Big Church?
A reader of last week's post took exception to my comparison of large churches in...
February 16, 2015
Gordon Wood on Bernard Bailyn
When the great American historian Gordon Wood has a long-form essay on the equally-great Bernard...
February 15, 2015
Athens, Jerusalem and Nag Hammadi
Through the celebrated discovery of many alternative gospels and scriptures, the word Gnostic has entered...
February 13, 2015
The Beginning of Wisdom
I have been posting on the subject of Gnosticism and its origins. By the early...
February 11, 2015
American Evangelicals’ Global Vision Began in Korea
From the Archive. Originally posted March 14, 2013. Religion that is pure and undefiled before...
February 10, 2015
Secularization and Scotland’s Christian Heritage
One of the most immediate differences from America one notices in the U.K. is how...
February 09, 2015
Those Who Know
Ever since my undergraduate years, I have been interested in early Christian history and Gnosticism....
February 08, 2015
Shapur’s Great Persecution
I posted on the topic of early Christian martyrdom, arguing that the phenomenon was as...
February 06, 2015
The Reality of Persecution
Rome was not the only empire in antiquity, nor the only one with a sizable...
February 05, 2015
Christians have no good reason to believe Jesus is coming soon. Okay, in the final...
February 04, 2015
Molly Worthen on the Mennonites
In 1947 future Christianity Today editor Carl Henry wrote The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism....
February 03, 2015
Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Father
Greetings friends! Writing here from beautiful and chilly St Andrews, Scotland, where we are spending...
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