The Democrats Have a Religion Problem. But They’re Not the Only Ones.

So, you’ve probably heard by now: The Democrats have a religion problem. Historian Daniel K. Williams certainly isn’t the first to make this case, but in light of Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District last week, Williams thought it an opportune moment to consider anew the Democrats’ problem. In a New York Times [Read More…]

Wonder Woman and Complementarianism

I found myself thinking about complementarianism while watching the new Wonder Woman movie. [Read more…]

Slow Cooking: The College Classroom and American Civic Life

 Today we welcome Will Katerberg to the Anxious Bench. Will is Professor of History at Calvin College, where he also serves as Associate Dean and Director of the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.  The classroom reminds me about what’s possible. And what seems impossible. This year I taught a section of Developing a Christian [Read More…]

Fairness for All: A Call for Culture Peacemakers?

For nearly half a century, American Christians have, to greater and lesser degrees, embraced the role of culture warriors. As evangelicals began to stake a claim on American culture and politics, they invoked the language of rights while lamenting the purported decline of “Christian America.” They pushed back against encroaching secularization and federal government “overreach” [Read More…]

Is Complementarian Theology Abusive to Women?

  As you may have heard, Princeton Seminary decided to award Tim Keller the prestigious Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness. But then it revoked that honor after an outcry from faculty, students, and alumni who objected to Keller’s defense of complementarian theology and to his opposition to the ordination of [Read More…]

A Golden Age for Christian Colleges?

Are Christian colleges uniquely positioned to revitalize our nation’s intellectual life and contribute to cultural bridge-building in this era of political and social polarization? If you ask Christian scholars, this would seem to be the case. In Inside Higher Ed, Tal Howard argues that America’s Christian colleges and universities “are now well positioned to save [Read More…]

Still Searching for Christian America

“At times of crisis it is a natural human reaction to turn to the past for support.”[1] These words were written by evangelicals, to evangelicals. In 1983. Wait—1983? But Ronald Reagan was president at the time. What could possibly have been the source of evangelical angst back then? In fact, the causes were many. The [Read More…]

Heroes of the Faith: True, but not Accurate

Today at the Anxious Bench we welcome Bruce Berglund, professor of history at Calvin College. He is co-editor of the collection of essays, Christianity and Modernity in Eastern Europe. His book Castle and Cathedral in Modern Prague: Longing for the Sacred in a Skeptical Age will be published this March by Central European University Press.   [Read More…]

Praying for the Best and Preparing for the Worst

Today we welcome Jonathan Couser to the Anxious Bench. Jonathan received an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Medieval History from the University of Notre Dame.  He teaches history at Plymouth State University and Granite State College in New Hampshire.  The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency has provided ample grist to the mill [Read More…]

Mandates from the Masses and the Call to Courageous Christian Scholarship

Today’s guest post comes to us from Scott Culpepper, Associate Professor of History at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Culpepper teaches courses on the early modern Atlantic World and Religion in American Culture. He holds a Ph.D. from Baylor University and is the author of Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence (Mercer, 2011).  [Read More…]