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May 31, 2016
“Ask Jesus into Your Heart”: A History of the Sinner’s Prayer
[This week’s post comes from my Patheos archives.] Many an evangelical pastor has concluded a...
May 24, 2016
Martin Luther King and the History of Religious Extremism
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" would make it on my list of...
May 17, 2016
Reassessing the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was the most provocative Patriot action before the start...
May 10, 2016
Edmund Burke, Trumpism, and the Worst of Both Worlds
I recently read Yuval Levin's engaging The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the...
May 03, 2016
The Stunning Statistics of the Slave Trade
One of the most surprising revelations to me during my research for my new book...
April 26, 2016
Was Jonathan Edwards Wrong About Interpreting God’s Providence?
This post is gratefully re-shared from Reformation 21, where it originally ran. Like many eighteenth-century...
April 19, 2016
The GOP Race: Is Ted Cruz Our Best Option?
When we were in St. Andrews, Scotland for the Spring 2015 semester, I remember our...
April 12, 2016
Back in 2012, when Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, many disappointed supporters – including...
April 05, 2016
The New United States: A “Christian Nation”?
Politicians and pop history writers squabble endlessly about whether America was founded as a "Christian...
March 29, 2016
Who Is the Mormon Jesus?
In today's post I am talking with Anxious Bench blogger and George Mason professor John...
March 28, 2016
On Theology and Wild Boar
This post will not be about Easter bunnies, but it will be about animals. In...
March 22, 2016
The Bible: Mass Distribution and Massive Ignorance?
Over at the Weekly Standard I reviewed John Fea's excellent new history of the American Bible...
March 15, 2016
Should You Apply to Graduate School?
Late spring is a good time for potential applicants to start thinking about applying to...
March 08, 2016
American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths
My new Yale University Press book American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths is 'in stock'...
March 01, 2016
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation
For professors, writing letters of recommendation is a constant part of the job. Wise undergraduate...
February 23, 2016
The Constitution “Divinely Inspired”? Ben Franklin Answers
Last week I posted about a Ted Cruz rally at which Glenn Beck argued that the...
February 16, 2016
Ted Cruz: When Civil Religion Goes Too Far
Our fellow Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton posted about recent comments Glenn Beck made at a...
February 09, 2016
Why the Founding Fathers Spoke the King James Bible
One of the besetting problems of "Christian America" history writing is that it often interprets...
February 02, 2016
The Perfect Religious President
There are so many discussions swirling around evangelicals' best choice for president that it makes...
January 26, 2016
How Much Do You Need To Read Before Writing?
A reader and friend asked me recently about a key issue in the writing process:...
January 19, 2016
How Not to Market a Book
John Turner had an excellent post last week on book marketing for academics. I have...
January 12, 2016
Why I Joined Marco Rubio’s Religious Liberty Advisory Board
Many of you have heard that I have joined Senator Marco Rubio's Religious Liberty Advisory...
January 05, 2016
Donald Trump and the Crisis of American Populism
In the 1960s William F. Buckley famously quipped that he'd rather be governed by the...
December 22, 2015
Christmas in 1776
From the Patheos archive: ‘Tis the season to argue about religion. Or more specifically, to...
December 15, 2015
Top Five Books on Benjamin Franklin
What are the best books on the ever-fascinating founder Benjamin Franklin? As I have been...
December 08, 2015
Ben Franklin, Anti-Catholicism, and the Founding of the University of Pennsylvania
Historians have generally cast the founding of the University of Pennsylvania (or the College of...
December 03, 2015
Woodrow Wilson, Race, and the Depravity of Human Nature
Today's guest post comes from Dr. Barry Hankins, professor of history at Baylor University. His religious...
December 01, 2015
Donald Trump and Monitoring Muslims
UPDATE: The topic of this post has taken on added urgency in light of the...
November 24, 2015
This Thanksgiving, Stop Idolizing the Pilgrims
A couple of years ago at Christianity Today, I reviewed Robert Tracy McKenzie’s excellent book The First Thanksgiving. Here’s...
November 17, 2015
Islam: Inherently Violent?
The jihadist attacks in Paris have grieved and frightened the world again with the reality...
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