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October 10, 2018
Further Thoughts from CFH 2018: Historians and the Church
Three more reflections from the 2018 meeting of the Conference on Faith and History consider...
October 09, 2018
Highlights from the 2018 Conference on Faith and History
Days after returning from Grand Rapids, I'm still digesting all the speeches, papers, and conversations...
October 02, 2018
The Tender, Gracious God of My Favorite Hymn Writer
"No one can sing of the free gift of grace like Lina Sandell," said one...
September 25, 2018
The Niemöller Moment for American Christians
American evangelicals and other Trump supporters have already wasted their "Bonhoeffer moment," argues Chris. But...
September 18, 2018
The Religious History of the World’s Most Famous Hospital
What is now the Mayo Clinic began with a partnership between Protestant doctors and Franciscan...
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...
September 04, 2018
Poetry of the Air
Since the dawn of aviation, certain pilots have turned to poetry to express the inexpressible...
September 02, 2018
The Deadest Orthodoxy of American Evangelicalism
Over the weekend, Twitter has hosted a debate about the resurrection — a belief that many...
August 28, 2018
The Smell of History
What does the past smell like? Chris shares a couple of historically evocative aromas from...
August 21, 2018
Lena and the Zipline: A Parable of Learning and Courage
What Chris learned about student learning from his six-year old daughter...
August 15, 2018
Willow Creek, the Catholic Church, and Perils of Organizing Religion
In light of yet more abuse scandals in different churches, Chris wrestles with the costs...
August 14, 2018
Why We Teach: Inspiration for the Start of a New School Year
Before the start of another school year, Chris has some words of advice and inspiration...
August 09, 2018
History and the Search for Meaning: The AB at CFH 2018
The Conference on Faith and History is celebrating its 50th anniversary this October, with a...
July 31, 2018
Loving America Under Its “Least Patriotic President”
Chris suggests "what a Christian patriotism might look like under a president whose love of...
July 24, 2018
The Religious History of the State Fair
Chris looks back at the role of religion in the history of one of America's...
July 10, 2018
The Religious Biography of FDR
While evangelicals rarely perceive Christian influences on the New Deal, a recent religious biography argues...
July 03, 2018
“A Christian Country”: Debating America in 1939
Nowadays, we tend to associate the notion of the United States as a “Christian nation”...
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...
June 14, 2018
There Was No Good Biblical Reason to Give Mike Pence the SBC Stage
New Testament passages about honoring and praying for secular authorities, argues Chris, shouldn't have led...
June 12, 2018
The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites in Europe
For many of us, summer is a time to leave home and explore other places....
June 05, 2018
Can Patheos Continue to “Host the Conversation on Faith”?
Two years after being invited to blog at Patheos, Chris reflects on the challenges facing...
May 29, 2018
The Plot Against America
A week after Philip Roth died, Chris considers his novel, The Plot Against America, in...
May 22, 2018
The Religious History of Sherlock Holmes
Chris considers the religious history of Sherlock Holmes on the birthday of his creator.
May 19, 2018
The Centuries-Old Words of a Modern Royal Wedding
One of the oldest elements of today's rather modern royal wedding - the liturgy -...
May 15, 2018
Giving Wings to the Gospel: The Origins of Missionary Aviation
The same year that Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic, an Australian Presbyterian and a...
May 08, 2018
Why Beth Moore’s Letter Makes Me Hopeful
Chris reflects on the significance of Beth Moore as an emerging leader of evangelicalism in...
May 01, 2018
The Cold War Origins of a Christian Alternative to May Day
In May 1991 the Catholic Church marked the 100th anniversary of Rerum Novarum, the Industrial...
April 25, 2018
Standing by Graves, Practicing Resurrection: History as Christian Vocation
After writing eulogies for three colleagues in the last three years, Chris reflects on what...
April 24, 2018
Did Evangelicals “Kidnap” the Word Evangelical?
Did evangelicals kidnap the word "evangelical" from other Christians? If so, says Chris, they were...
April 17, 2018
41% of Americans Don’t Know What Auschwitz Was?!?
What a dismal headline for Holocaust Remembrance Day: Americans are forgetting the Holocaust. At least, that...
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