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March 21, 2018
Paul Interrupted: A Medieval Perspective
Just a few years ago, my entire family (parents, siblings, aunts, and my grandfather) attended...
March 15, 2018
John the Baptist’s Head
From the Anxious Bench archives: When I ask students to read and generate questions about the Gospel...
January 10, 2018
It’s Time to Stop Using Paul Against Women: A Short Reading List
This summer I went to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London for...
December 27, 2017
It is Time to Stop Using Paul Against Women: A New Year’s Resolution for Christians
“I hate Paul.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that from...
October 12, 2017
Scripture ex materia
Each semester, I teach an introductory course on what my department not very accurately terms...
July 18, 2017
What Makes Protestants “Protestant”?
What makes Protestants "Protestant"? A new history suggests that it's not about Reformation doctrines or...
May 31, 2017
Lysa TerKeurst, Bible Gateway, and Fides ex Auditu: the Biblical Heart of Medieval Faith
Several months ago I heard a catchy phrase preached in a sermon. But it wasn't...
May 30, 2017
Mike Pence, “Orientation to Authority,” and Public Uses of Romans 13
When Vice President Mike Pence told Naval Academy graduates on Friday that they should "submit......
May 24, 2017
“Peace I leave with you”: Christianity, History, and Nuer Culture in South Sudan
Guest blogger Noel Stringham reflects on what he has learned about Scripture, history, and peace...
May 17, 2017
The Bible in Medieval Sermons: Part I for Understanding the Top Ten Bible Verses in Medieval England
My husband recently noted in his facebook series on local church highlights in Waco, TX,...
May 03, 2017
Top Ten Bible Verses in Medieval England
The verses we emphasize say a lot about what we believe as Christians. So what...
March 02, 2017
Where is John the Baptist’s Head?
When I ask students to read and generate questions about the Gospel of Mark, someone...
September 22, 2016
An Open Letter to the ESV Translation Committee
I’m not a biblical translator, or even a biblical scholar. I’m a historian. As a...
July 21, 2016
America’s Public Bible
Many historians have observed that early Americans lived in a culture drenched in scripture. Through...
May 05, 2016
The Puritan Way of Seeing Christ
Several years ago, my co-blogger Philip Jenkins penned a thoughtful post on Protestant iconoclasm, its...
April 21, 2016
What’s in a Name?
While he tends his father-in-law's sheep, as recorded in the Book of Exodus, Moses sees...
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...
February 11, 2016
The Geneva Bible’s One Covenant of Grace
From 1560 until well into the seventeenth century, the Geneva Bible was the most widely...
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...
January 21, 2016
The Invention of God
Thomas Römer's The Invention of God is a provocative, brilliant, and challenging book. Römer's narrates...
December 31, 2015
The Study Quran
For the unfamiliar (that includes me), the Qur'an is an imposing, rather intimidating scripture. Unlike...
October 01, 2015
Adam, Billy Graham, and Biblical Authority
Last week, I excerpted some highlights from a recent intra-evangelical debate about Adam's historicity in...
September 23, 2015
The Historical Adam
Books & Culture recently hosted a symposium on the "historical [or not] Adam," organized by...
June 10, 2015
The King James Bible and American Religious History
After various children's bibles, I first read the Good News Bible. Since the Bible turned...
April 09, 2015
Headship and Abuse
Today's guest post is from Kristin du Mez, Associate Professor of History at Calvin College....
February 05, 2015
Christians have no good reason to believe Jesus is coming soon. Okay, in the final...
January 15, 2015
Even in slaveholding states, many white Americans were uneasy about the morality of black slavery...
November 27, 2014
"My reading of the Bible finds plenty of reminders that it’s better to teach someone...
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...
June 26, 2014
Fully Divine, Fully Human Word of God
When Christianity Today editor Harold Lindsell identified a Battle for the Bible in 1976, he...
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