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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...
August 14, 2017
Reading Robert Penn Warren
Like most people, I’ve been trying to get a read on American politics these days....
July 17, 2017
“The Riddle of the Religious Other”
Often I have been asked about putting together a grant proposal or a book prospectus....
April 25, 2017
Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages
Although they were infrequent affairs, formal debates between Christians and Jews sometimes took place in...
March 13, 2017
Christian Colleges Meet Trump’s America
I received much feedback from a piece I wrote for Inside Higher Ed. So, permit...
January 16, 2017
When did “Interreligious Dialogue” begin?
It is hard to find today a major city that does not have an “interfaith”...
December 19, 2016
The Most Influential Theologian You’ve Never Heard of
Who is Josef Kleutgen (1811-1883)? The name is not a household name, except in my...
November 21, 2016
Education: What is It?
For a "think tank" of sorts, I find myself writing a white paper on education...
November 08, 2016
Election Day Reading Material from The Anxious Bench
Whether you want to read more about the 2016 election - or find something to...
September 19, 2016
Counting Down to the Reformation at 500
There’s an African proverb, I am told, that goes like this: “If I don’t beat...
August 15, 2016
Trump and Modern Ethical Theory
We are still many weeks away from early November and I’m already wondering if there...
February 29, 2016
Secularization or Religious Pluralism?
What is the “big story” that scholars should tell about the relationship of religion to...
November 09, 2015
India Today and Hindu Nationalism
After traveling in the United States, G. K. Chesterton famously described America as “a nation...
September 14, 2015
The Popes and America
Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Pope in...
August 31, 2015
Rome, for Protestants
Most people today ooh-and-aah when they experience or envision a trip to Rome. It was...
June 22, 2015
Napoleon and Christianity
The 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s well-known defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815 has...
April 27, 2015
Show a Bishop some Hospitality
On Monday, April 20, Boston’s Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, visited Gordon College, where I teach....
April 14, 2014
That’s So Dys-Evangelical …
History presents many ironies. One of them has to do with evangelicalism’s relationship to the...
March 17, 2014
Lenten Confessions: The App
It was bound to happen. As apps proliferate for all kinds of purposes, it was...
February 16, 2014
Should I Send my (Christian) Child to a (Secular) State University?
No. In an ideal world, you should send him or her to Gordon College. Its...
January 20, 2014
Rome or Death
I’ve just returned from a month of travels in Italy—Orvieto, Ravenna, Rome, Naples. (The life...
December 23, 2013
Martin Luther, Erich Honecker, and China’s Xi Jinping
Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece on China’s new leader Xi Jinping’s efforts...
July 08, 2013
July 4, July 14, and the Religious Question
If you have French friends, thank them for their nation’s help during our revolution...
May 13, 2013
Protestant Reformation Approaching 500
On October 31, 2017, the Protestant Reformation will turn 500. How ought one commemorate such...
March 04, 2013
The Agony of Papal Exits
“How heavy the papal mantle weighs,” wrote Dante in his Divine Comedy. The shepherding of...
February 04, 2013
Reading Tocqueville in Cairo
If Alexis de Tocqueville were alive today to witness the churning unrest and revolutions sweeping...
December 10, 2012
God and Google
“Dad, we can just Google it” is the reply I often hear from my children...
November 12, 2012
The “Modern Secular University”
Members of religious orders who served as faculty on the first universities of the...
October 15, 2012
Two Anniversaries: Vatican II and the 95 Theses
Two noteworthy anniversaries are marked this month: the 50th anniversary of the opening of the...
September 17, 2012
Death with Dignity or Physician-Assisted Suicide?
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