Defining Evangelicalism: Part 1,242…

Douglas Winiarski’s Darkness Falls on the Land of Light begins with the story of two couples in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. In the winter of 1748-1749, Hannah and John Corey withdrew from Sturbridge’s Congregational church, were baptized, and united themselves to a Separate congregation. The couple had belonged to the Sturbridge Congregational church for around seven years, [Read More…]

Donald Trump Did Not Win an Election on November 8, 2016

Donald Trump did not win an election on November 8, 2016 — he won 30 elections, out of 51. [Read more…]

5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

Five reasons why Christians should learn to think historically about their past. [Read more…]

Christian Colleges Meet Trump’s America

I received much feedback from a piece I wrote for Inside Higher Ed. So, permit me the liberty of reprinting it for Anxious Bench readers. The original appeared here. It has been widely hypothesized that the type of identity politics nurtured on elite secular campuses helped produce the backlash that swept Donald Trump into office [Read More…]

What if this had been me? A gendered analysis of the funniest video ever.

By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this video. If you haven’t, here you go. You’re welcome. I could write about all the reasons I find this video so absurdly funny, but instead I suggest you read Jonny Cooper’s “Anatomy of a Masterpiece.” Again, you’re welcome. Everybody in the world is laughing at—or let’s say [Read More…]

Faith in the Foxholes: Christianity and the World Wars

The newest issue of Christian History Magazine explores the effects of the two world wars on Christianity. [Read more…]

The Forgotten History of “Christian” Political Activism

Across the political spectrum, most Americans would automatically describe the country’s religious heritage as “Judeo-Christian.” Rarely, though, do they think about the origins of this term, or how exceedingly odd it would have appeared before the 1950s (and still does to many non-Americans). In fact, the Judeo-Christian concept has a highly political origin, and was [Read More…]

Betsy DeVos, HBCUs, and the History of Christian Higher Education

Thinking about Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ advocacy of school choice in light of the history of race and gender in American higher education [Read more…]

A Reasonable Reading List for Medieval Christianity: Part 1

If, after my last post Did Medieval Christians Know Jesus?, you realized you had no framework for understanding the Investiture Controversy, Fourth Lateran Council, or even transubstantiation; or, while eating a stack of pancakes for dinner last Tuesday (Fat Tuesday), you realized you had no idea why you were doing so; or, maybe, as one of my [Read More…]

The Good Death: How Do Christians Learn to Die?

Americans rarely think about the end of life, but Lent gives Christians the chance to contemplate death and dying – and their history is full of spiritual resources to aid such meditation. [Read more…]