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November 07, 2013
The Book of Mormon in 15 (or so) Days
I'm re-posting the below, which originally appeared in two separate segments at Religion in American...
November 06, 2013
The Expansion of Evangelicalism
This past week, I re-familiarized myself with John Wolffe's The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of...
November 05, 2013
Why I Am Still a Baptist
A reader recently asked me why, given my knowledge of and interest in church history,...
November 04, 2013
WAR AND GOD’S KINGDOM
Wars often change and reshape religions. I have posted recently, for instance, on how the...
November 03, 2013
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS
I posted recently about how wars shape religious change. Depending on the particular circumstances, wartime...
November 01, 2013
FAITH AT WAR
I have been thinking how warfare drives religious change. This arises partly from preparing the...
October 31, 2013
Adelle Banks of Religion News Service has a fascinating piece on signs of a possible...
October 29, 2013
“Psychedelic Christians”: The Legacy of the Jesus People
I recently had the pleasure of reading Larry Eskridge's remarkable God's Forever Family: The Jesus People...
October 25, 2013
ON FEEDING THE TROLLS
Today’s blog is about blogging. If you blog on religious topics, you know that there...
October 24, 2013
Luther and the Word of God
Martin Luther did not want to preach in Wittenberg's city church. The year was --...
October 23, 2013
Blue Crabs and Evangelicals – Part 1
Next month, the sixty-fifth meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) will convene in Baltimore, Maryland....
October 22, 2013
Interpreting Demonic Possession
My graduate course recently read Brian Levack's The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian...
October 21, 2013
THE VERY PLACE WHERE IT HAPPENED
I recently described the powerful medieval theme of rooting the events of the New Testament...
October 18, 2013
THE BIBLE’S DEEP HISTORY
I have been spending a lot of time recently with the apocryphal texts of the...
October 17, 2013
The Issue of our Day
This week I read a news article that broke my heart and called me to...
October 15, 2013
Slavery: America’s Original Sin?
[This week's post is from my archives at Patheos.] The Smithsonian's National Museum of American...
October 13, 2013
ARTEMISIA COMES TO CHICAGO
Some months back I described how the Bible’s Deuterocanonical books had inspired so many artists...
October 11, 2013
WHAT IS A GOSPEL?
I have been working on the fate of alternative scriptures in the millennium or so...
October 10, 2013
Elizabeth Smart’s Story
Most visitors to the internet this week have probably noticed that Elizabeth Smart has just...
October 08, 2013
The Puritans as Masters of Reform
My history graduate students and I recently read David Hall's A Reforming People: Puritanism and the...
October 07, 2013
THE GREEN MAN AND THE KING OF SALEM
Christians who delve into the Qur’an will be surprised how many old friends they find...
October 04, 2013
THE CAVE OF TREASURES
Throughout history, both Jews and Christians have been extraordinarily prolific in producing alternative scriptures, which...
October 03, 2013
Billy Graham’s Legacy
If evangelicals are those who like Billy Graham, I’m in the club. I attended two...
October 02, 2013
Rock the Desert: Evangelical Activism in Texas and Sudan
In 2001, just one month before 9/11, 32,000 evangelical youth invaded Midland, Texas. Drawn to...
October 01, 2013
Five Great Books on George Washington
Last week saw the opening of the long-awaited George Washington National Library at Mount Vernon....
September 29, 2013
THE SECRET RESURRECTION OF SALVATOR ROSA
I think I’ve discovered a long-lost secret society that transmitted its religious message through coded...
September 27, 2013
In October, 1555, the regime of Mary Tudor burned two former English bishops for their...
September 26, 2013
Das Buch Mormon
About a year ago, I asked for advice about how to structure a course on...
September 25, 2013
From Graduate Student Learner to Teaching Professor
Like many professors, I work at an institution where I teach broad survey classes. At...
September 24, 2013
Paleo Evangelicals and the Plight of Prisoners
It's tough to get people to stand up for prisoners. Disproportionately poor, black, and Hispanic,...
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