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November 10, 2015
The Origin of “In God We Trust”
The national motto "In God We Trust" has a complicated and contested history. Even though...
November 03, 2015
The Most Evangelical Founding Father?
In spite of some Christian revisionist attempts to cast them all as evangelical believers, the...
October 27, 2015
Choosing a Book or Dissertation Topic
John Turner recently had a fabulous post on "Publishing without Perishing" which is full of...
October 20, 2015
Donald Trump and the Coming Christian Political Realignment
As Donald Trump has maintained strong leads in primary states like South Carolina, some observers...
October 13, 2015
How and When to Say ‘No’
In my weekly newsletter I have written about alleviating stress and explained why saying 'no'...
October 12, 2015
Heads up on key new books in American and global religious history
Over at the Christian Century, Philip Jenkins and Grant Wacker offer suggestions for some key...
October 06, 2015
Searching for the Political Messiah
Some signs would suggest that we're finally seeing the decline of the Donald Trump candidacy
September 29, 2015
Jonathan Edwards and the Sanctified Emotions
A recent e-mail conversation with Lauren Winner raised an important question - in the view of...
September 22, 2015
Should We Elect a Muslim President?
Ben Carson stirred up the latest Republican primary tempest this weekend when he volunteered the...
September 15, 2015
Why Are Academic Books So Expensive?
[Today's post is taken from one of my author newsletters. It is a question that...
September 08, 2015
The Ex-Baptist Pastor Who Popularized Ben Franklin’s Electrical Experiments
James Delbourgo's A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders: Electricity and Enlightenment in Early America offers a remarkable...
September 01, 2015
How to Write an Excellent Statement of Purpose for Graduate Applications
Fall is the time for students to put together their applications for graduate school. Many...
August 25, 2015
Graduate Course Readings in Early American Religion
I'm gearing up for the start of classes, so here's another edition of my readings...
August 18, 2015
The “Evangelicals” Who Support Donald Trump
There has been much hand-wringing in recent weeks about the persistent support of Donald Trump...
August 11, 2015
Teaching Salem Witchcraft
One of the most provocative topics in the American History survey class is the Salem...
August 04, 2015
How Far Mike Huckabee Has Fallen
Over at the Washington Post's Acts of Faith blog, I have a piece on the strange decline...
July 28, 2015
Reports of Evangelicalism’s Demise Are Overblown
This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Evangelicalism....
July 21, 2015
Professors and the New Public Sphere
I have been reading Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. This...
July 14, 2015
What Are The Most “Important” Topics in American History?
I recently spoke at the annual conference of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools,...
July 07, 2015
Should Evangelicals Embrace the “Benedict Option”?
Rod Dreher has been blogging about the need for traditional Christians to embrace the "Benedict...
June 30, 2015
Yes, Remove the Confederate Flag. But What Then?
I have a pretty strong personal history of wrestling with the memory of the Confederacy....
June 23, 2015
How Can Southern Baptists Get Their Groove Back?
Last week at The Washington Post, Barry Hankins and I offered three reasons why Southern...
June 16, 2015
Benjamin Franklin, Skepticism, and The Enlightenment
As I have written previously at the Anxious Bench, I am skeptical about "The Enlightenment."...
June 09, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner, The Duggars, and The Culture of Gawking
The news cycles and Twitter trends of recent weeks have reminded us of just how...
June 02, 2015
The Blind Spots of an American Evangelical
Collin Hansen's new book Blind Spots has initiated a helpful conversation about what American evangelicals conventionally...
May 26, 2015
Baptists in America: A History
Next Monday marks the formal release date for my new book (with Barry Hankins) Baptists in...
May 19, 2015
Why Weren’t Baptists More Enthusiastic Patriots?
Today's post comes from chapter 3 of my new book Baptists in America: A History (Oxford University...
May 12, 2015
Do You Love Theology More Than Jesus?
In a recent blog post lamenting Southern Baptists' decision to disinvite Ben Carson from speaking at...
May 05, 2015
“Theological Police”? Paleo Evangelicals and Ben Carson
In the week since my Washington Post piece on Baptists and Ben Carson, some critics...
April 28, 2015
Ben Carson and Baptist Identity
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