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February 20, 2018
When Did Evangelicals Start Observing Lent?
While they inherited the Reformers' concern about mandatory fasting and other disciplines, evangelical interest in...
February 19, 2018
Inventing Clerical Celibacy
I have been writing about the early Christian church around 200 AD, and how surprisingly...
February 16, 2018
The Curse of Quotations
I have posted several times on issues of translation, specifically about the New Testament. Today...
February 15, 2018
Protestants and Immigration, Past and Present
Nicholas Pruitt teaches in the Department of History at Eastern Nazarene College. He's also a...
February 14, 2018
Race and Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute’s pursuit of middle-class respectability led away from a soft racial egalitarianism toward...
February 13, 2018
Faithland: What’s the Most Highly Religious Part of America?
Did you see this map making the rounds a couple weeks ago? Using data from...
February 12, 2018
When the Neighbors See Mary
In the mid-1990s my husband and I, living in southern Germany for his fellowship year,...
February 09, 2018
Civil Discourse Amidst the Dodos
Most Americans are rightly appalled at the level of civil discourse over most matters of...
February 08, 2018
Forgiveness or Hypocrisy? Evangelicals, Abuse, and the Witness of Rachael Denhollander
Access Hollywood. Roy Moore. Stormy Daniels. The cast of characters may shift from one scandal...
February 07, 2018
A Free Lenten Devotional
How to download a free Lenten devotional that Chris edited: inspired by his book, The...
February 07, 2018
Calling Out Sexual Harassment: The Implications Of Complementarianism
Meredith Stone, a Baptist female seminary professor, responded last week to John Piper. If you...
February 06, 2018
Church History Is the Future of Christian Colleges
A leading historian of evangelicalism thinks that "the study of Church history has ‘a huge...
February 05, 2018
A (Great) Lost Poem of the Great War
It’s taken me a mere fifty years to find the full meaning of a poem....
February 02, 2018
The Long, Long, Story of Groundhog Day
I originally published a version of this piece at RealClearReligion back in 2013. I say...
February 01, 2018
Why Evangelicals Stick with President Trump
I chafe a bit at the suggestion that there are no legitimate or understandable reasons...
January 31, 2018
Cultivating Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Efforts to secure white, middle-class respectability are nothing new at Moody Bible Institute.
January 30, 2018
Some Thoughts on “Christian Scholars’ Distribution Problem”
Chris shares some reflections on being a Christian scholar who blogs and podcasts.
January 27, 2018
Tom Brady versus Jesus Christ
Tom Brady describes his spirituality as a bit uncertain and eclectic. Raised Roman Catholic, he...
January 26, 2018
Slavery, Euphemism, and the New Testament
Translation is a difficult and devious process. You can render the individual words used perfectly...
January 25, 2018
Remembering the Holocaust — and the Victims Who Documented It
On Saturday the world will again mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the anniversary of...
January 24, 2018
Could Medieval Women Preach? Stop Using Paul Against Women Pt 3
Two days ago, John Piper answered the question of a male seminary student at Desiring...
January 23, 2018
An Open Letter to Anyone with $75 Million to Give to Christian Colleges
In the wake of Johns Hopkins University announcing a major gift for its philosophy department,...
January 22, 2018
The Square and the Tower
British historian Niall Ferguson recently published The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the...
January 19, 2018
Supernatural Histories, German and American
I have blogged repeatedly on various esoteric and occult themes, including Freemasonry and Theosophy, so...
January 18, 2018
From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, I have deeply disliked...
January 17, 2018
Crusade University and the Limits of Evangelical Intellectualism
Why Crusade University never got off the ground
January 16, 2018
Jessica Hahn and Evangelical Silence on Sexual Abuse
We are so pleased to welcome back John Wigger to the Anxious Bench. John Wigger...
January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Great Cloud of Witnesses
In MLK's 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail, we meet a man whose understanding of...
January 12, 2018
Reading Year 2018! in Year 2018
In my teenage years, I operated on the assumption that real life was a crutch...
January 11, 2018
How to Solve Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
On the Anxious Bench we’ve been discussing the continuing need for Christian scholarship, and the...
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