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April 21, 2015
What’s at Stake in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law?
Dr. Barry Hankins is professor of history at Baylor University, and the co-author, with Thomas...
April 14, 2015
Should You Pursue a Ph.D.?
I routinely get questions from undergraduate and Master's students, at Baylor and elsewhere, about applying...
April 07, 2015
The Counterintuitive Art of Promoting Books
Everyone seemingly wants to be an author, and most authors want to promote their books....
March 31, 2015
Can Evangelicals Become More Likeable?
Over at the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof - one of America's most open-minded liberal...
March 24, 2015
What Is Deism?
The claim that any of the Founding Fathers were deists generates pushback among certain conservatives. This...
March 10, 2015
“The Enlightenment” and Its Relevance Today
I am skeptical about "The Enlightenment." It is an ideologically loaded term that implies that...
March 03, 2015
“Woven into the fabric of our country”? Islam in Early America
President Obama created controversy in a recent speech when he asserted that "Islam has been...
February 24, 2015
What Motivates Jihadists?
Over at The Atlantic, Graeme Wood has a fascinating but disturbing piece on the theological foundations...
February 17, 2015
Which Is Better: Small Church or Big Church?
A reader of last week's post took exception to my comparison of large churches in...
February 16, 2015
Gordon Wood on Bernard Bailyn
When the great American historian Gordon Wood has a long-form essay on the equally-great Bernard...
February 10, 2015
Secularization and Scotland’s Christian Heritage
One of the most immediate differences from America one notices in the U.K. is how...
February 03, 2015
Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Father
Greetings friends! Writing here from beautiful and chilly St Andrews, Scotland, where we are spending...
January 20, 2015
The Church and Robert Nisbet’s Quest for Community
I recently read Robert Nisbet's classic work The Quest for Community (1953), a challenging and far-sighted...
January 13, 2015
Is Islam Inherently Violent?
The horrific attack on the staff of Paris's Charlie Hedbo has renewed questions about Muslims and...
January 06, 2015
The Church and the Dissolving American Family
A new Pew report has confirmed what we've known was coming for the American family: a majority...
December 23, 2014
George Whitefield’s Christmas, 1739
As we observed George Whitefield's 300th birthday last week, here's a post on his 1739...
December 16, 2014
Happy 300th Birthday George Whitefield!
The day is finally here - the 300th birthday of George Whitefield, the greatest evangelist...
December 09, 2014
Do You Need a Literary Agent?
I routinely get asked about using a literary agent in securing book contracts. Is this...
December 02, 2014
“More a Doctrine than a Person”: Evangelicals and the Holy Spirit
I suspect many a Christian, including many evangelicals, can identify with frustrations J.D. Greear expressed...
November 25, 2014
The Biographers and Jonathan Edwards
Today's post is an excerpt from my essay on George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards, and the...
November 18, 2014
Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Sister
In my Baylor graduate seminar on the American Revolution, we recently read Jill Lepore's marvelous Book...
November 04, 2014
David Skeel’s _True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World_
I recently read Penn law professor David Skeel's remarkable apologetics book True Paradox: How Christianity Makes...
October 28, 2014
George Whitefield: Bridging the Evangelical and Academic Gap
Today is the official publication date for my book George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father....
October 21, 2014
C.S. Lewis, Public Intellectual
This week's post is a review I wrote of Alister McGrath's C.S. Lewis: A Life, from...
October 14, 2014
Does the Bible Prohibit Revolution?
My graduate students and I recently read James Byrd's terrific Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible...
October 07, 2014
Those Suspicious Medical Missionaries
"It’s great that these people are doing God’s work, but do they have to talk...
September 30, 2014
Advice for the Dismal Academic Job Market
Over at Slate, Rebecca Schuman imagines an awkward scenario from a family gathering, which includes a newly-minted...
September 23, 2014
Graduate Course on the American Revolution
This semester I am teaching a graduate seminar on the American Revolutionary Era. As I...
September 16, 2014
The New Birth: A Uniquely American Concept?
Last week at CNN.com, progressive Christian author Matthew Paul Turner wrote a piece about the...
September 09, 2014
How to Survive Graduate School
As a new semester begins, it is a good time to reflect on the practices...
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