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December 06, 2017
When Evangelicals Campaigned for Family Values
On the campaign against loose morals in the 1920s and how contemporary support for Roy...
December 05, 2017
Can Christian Scholarship Thrive in Christian Colleges?
I've often said that I try to approach blogging as "thinking in public." But this...
December 01, 2017
Divination – A Most Neglected Most Important Element of Religion
Now this is a treat! I was recently corresponding with the excellent English scholar of...
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 29, 2017
Because Xmas really is Xpian…
This is from my Anxious Bench archives. It is still one of my favorites, even though...
November 28, 2017
Do Evangelicals Share a Common Story?
Is evangelical identity based on a shared story, a religious version of a national narrative?
November 27, 2017
Christian Apocrypha and Alternative Scriptures
At the recent meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, I spoke on...
November 24, 2017
Warlords, War-bands, and Saints
Last time, I talked about the collapse of the old Roman order in Britain in...
November 23, 2017
In 1676, the residents of Plymouth feasted not on turkey and cranberries, but on the...
November 22, 2017
“Take an Indian to Lunch”
In “Take an Indian to Lunch,” Freberg sings about an early Puritan politician who strategically...
November 21, 2017
Thanksgiving started in 1863 with Abraham Lincoln, who urged not just gratitude but humility and...
November 17, 2017
A Lost Century, and a Slipped Date
I have posted often at this site on the subject of the “Dark Ages,” or...
November 16, 2017
Christian Scholarship, For Such a Time as This
I’ve got to be honest. There was a time, not long ago, when I had...
November 15, 2017
A Serious Proposal for Academic Conferences: Ban Harvey Weinsteins
It was during a major academic conference. A male colleague alerted me that a female...
November 14, 2017
Seeking Truth in a World “With Devils Filled”
Chris ponders the intersection of higher education with a topic to which he rarely gives...
November 13, 2017
Inventing the Christian Priesthood
I’ve been discussing the Christian church at an early stage in its development, around 200...
November 11, 2017
4 Memorials for Remembrance Day
In honor of what most of the English-speaking world observes as Remembrance Day, Chris shares...
November 10, 2017
Inventing The Clergy
I have been working on the early church, mainly the era of Tertullian, around 200...
November 09, 2017
Praying in the Wake of Affliction
In 1687, a measles epidemic swept away many of Boston's children. Cotton Mather preached on...
November 08, 2017
African Spiritism Meets Halloween’s Ghouls in a Small Kentucky Town
Why global Christians are circumspect about Halloween
November 07, 2017
Addressing Barriers to Christian Involvement in Interfaith Engagement
Guest bloggers Sara Shady and Marion Larson address common objections to Christian participation in interfaith...
November 06, 2017
Why I Sing With a Hymnal
Beauty, unity, and history: why Chris insists on singing hymns out of a hymnal, even...
November 03, 2017
Living with the Gods
This is by way of a rave recommendation. If you have any taste for podcasts,...
November 02, 2017
American Christianity Needs More Sin
Sola gratia. By grace alone. With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Protestants around the...
November 01, 2017
Top Ten DON’TS for Conference Presentations
I both love and hate conferences. I love them because of the free-flowing ideas and...
October 31, 2017
The Best of The Anxious Bench: The Protestant Reformation
On this 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses... some of the best Anxious Bench writing...
October 31, 2017
The Upside of Historical Amnesia As the Reformation Turns 500
That many people can’t remember what the Protestant Reformation was all about might not please...
October 30, 2017
The First Christians and the Urban Thesis
I recently posted on the question of Christian numbers around 200 AD. Since then, I...
October 27, 2017
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation offers plenty of opportunity to commemorate, but also to...
October 25, 2017
More Than a Tragic Necessity
More than a half-century ago, the great church historian Jaroslav Pelikan described the Reformation as...
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