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January 03, 2018
Crusade University and the Intellectual Ambitions of Evangelicals
The story of evangelicals' attempt to launch an Ivy League-quality research university in the 1950s
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...
December 20, 2017
Jim Bakker and PTL
There’s a reason why Hollywood loves to caricature evangelists as money-grubbing, secretly sex-crazed hypocrites. It’s...
December 14, 2017
Can “Evangelicalism” Survive Trump?
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Wells announced that he would like to resign as an...
December 06, 2017
When Evangelicals Campaigned for Family Values
On the campaign against loose morals in the 1920s and how contemporary support for Roy...
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 29, 2017
Because Xmas really is Xpian…
This is from my Anxious Bench archives. It is still one of my favorites, even though...
November 28, 2017
Do Evangelicals Share a Common Story?
Is evangelical identity based on a shared story, a religious version of a national narrative?
October 18, 2017
Romans 8:31, Chris Tomlin, And The Faith Of A Medieval Woman
"Water You turned into wine; Opened the eyes of the blind; There's no one like...
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 27, 2017
Torture in Evangelical Discourse
How evangelical individualism justifies the use of torture
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 23, 2017
Evangelical Silence and Trump: A Reformation Irony
I worry that evangelicals have become too comfortable with hiding our inaction behind the guise...
August 10, 2017
Reclaiming Life at Home: Declaring War on Clutter to Save the American Soul
Imagine for a moment a team of anthropologists walking through your door, taking a look...
August 09, 2017
Should Women Rule? Netflix’s The Crown and Complementarian Theology
Riding the London Eye is deceptively peaceful. The city that slowly unfolds below seems a...
August 01, 2017
Christian Colleges, Sexuality, and “Cultural Waterloo”
I don’t know Carl Trueman or Rod Dreher, but I do know many people who...
July 27, 2017
Who has the power to recalibrate the “Evangelical Paradigm”?
Today we welcome Janine Giordano Drake to the Anxious Bench. Janine is Assistant Professor of History...
July 26, 2017
Prosperity Gospel Apocalypse: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Empire
The Bakker’s had become proponents of the prosperity gospel, a message that fit the 1980s...
July 19, 2017
George McGovern and the Religious Left
I'm pleased to post this interview with Mark Lempke, who just published the terrific book...
July 13, 2017
Recalibrating the “Evangelical Paradigm”
A growing body of evidence points to a pitched battle between evangelical and churchly Protestants...
July 05, 2017
4 Reasons Why John Wesley Opposed the American Revolution
American Christians invoke John Wesley on all manner of subjects including sanctification, the sacraments, and...
June 28, 2017
Wonder Woman and Complementarianism
I found myself thinking about complementarianism while watching the new Wonder Woman movie.
June 22, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Evangelical Bigot?
Senator Bernie Sanders opposed the nomination of Russell Vought as deputy director of the Office...
June 21, 2017
This Thai Is Not Like the Others
My research on the antitrafficking movement in Thailand primarily tracked American Christian networks. As I...
June 07, 2017
A Farang Scholar in Thailand
It’s good to be back at the Anxious Bench after a spring semester hiatus. As...
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 16, 2017
What’s the Future of the Evangelical Past?
Are we at the end of one era in the history of evangelicalism and the...
May 11, 2017
The End of American Evangelicalism
Amid the semester's end, the following is adapted and slightly updated from the Anxious Bench archives... One...
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