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September 11, 2018
Good Night Stories for Rebel Christian Girls
Chris reviews a popular children's collection of biographies that largely neglects the role of religion...
August 28, 2018
The Smell of History
What does the past smell like? Chris shares a couple of historically evocative aromas from...
June 19, 2018
Believe Me… You Should Read John Fea’s Book on Evangelical Support for Donald Trump
Chris reviews Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, in which John Fea explains...
May 24, 2018
A Hard Rain Fell: Robert Kennedy’s Assassination
The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy will always remain linked, and...
May 22, 2018
The Religious History of Sherlock Holmes
Chris considers the religious history of Sherlock Holmes on the birthday of his creator.
May 17, 2018
The Global-Church Industrial Complex
Today we welcome David W. Congdon to the Anxious Bench. David is acquisitions editor at the...
April 26, 2018
Book Review: The Way of Jesus
An aspiring scholar of English literature once bumped into W.H. Auden on Oxford's High Street....
March 29, 2018
"Mary A. young admited into the hiest orderer Preasthood," Brigham Young wrote in his diary...
December 19, 2017
Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for History Buffs
Still trying to find a Christmas gift for the history buff in your life? Chris...
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 07, 2017
Addressing Barriers to Christian Involvement in Interfaith Engagement
Guest bloggers Sara Shady and Marion Larson address common objections to Christian participation in interfaith...
September 28, 2017
The Great Awakening and the Collapse of New England Congregationalism
What happens when a religious establishment implodes? In his magisterial Darkness Falls on the Land...
September 13, 2017
Evangelicals on Campus
"From 1950 until the 1990s," writes Andrew Finstuen in his contribution to Billy Graham: American...
September 12, 2017
4 Steps to the Renewal of Evangelicalism
With evangelicals facing mounting evidence of decline, Chris suggests four steps for renewal, drawn from...
August 31, 2017
The Chance of Salvation
Lincoln Mullen is the author of the recently published The Chance of Salvation: A History...
August 22, 2017
The Spiritual Spirit of St. Louis
The 1957 film version of Charles Lindbergh's memoir, Spirit of St. Louis, dispenses with much...
June 15, 2017
Time for Kierkegaard
Summer is here. For academics, that means there just might be time to pick up...
June 08, 2017
The Quaker Jesus
In October 1656, James Nayler rode into the English city of Bristol, accompanied by a...
May 23, 2017
Are There Good Religious History Books for Children?
The children's religious book market is booming... so why are there so few good church...
February 16, 2017
Are the gods present?
"After he has lunched on his God on Sunday, / You should worship his turd...
February 02, 2017
Biographies Full of Females
Who's significant? As Chris Gehrz discussed in a recent post, his students -- and most...
November 15, 2016
The Problems of Writing Biography (Part 1 – Empathy and Exoneration)
While some of my colleagues here have written excellent examples of the genre, I've never...
October 13, 2016
Perishing While Flourishing
A few years ago, I went through the painful process of winnowing down the stacks...
September 13, 2016
Beyond Books: Hymns as Christian Writing
Do we overstate the influence of books and underestimate the importance of other types of...
August 18, 2016
How a Dissertation Becomes a Book
The first book of most academic historians is a strange creature: a dissertation that has...
June 20, 2016
Summer Reading List of American Protestant History
Interested in the history of American Protestantism? A few summer reading suggestions...
June 09, 2016
The Future of American Evangelicalism
Nearly twenty years ago, Christian Smith assessed American evangelicalism as "embattled but thriving." Nowadays, just...
May 26, 2016
Earthly Passions and Celestial Parts
"How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?" In his...
May 12, 2016
The Rise of “Abrahamic Religions”
Most semesters, I teach a course my university titled "Religions of the West." Given my...
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...
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