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October 16, 2018
Beyond Empathy: On Historical Disgust and Lament
Historians often celebrate the value of empathy. But a recent talk about sexual abuse in...
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...
August 07, 2018
“Education Is a Life”
As many of us prepare for the start of another school year, guest blogger Rachel...
June 28, 2018
Immigration Exclusion as Religious Exclusion
Melissa Borja, assistant professor in American Culture at the University of Michigan, returns today to...
June 14, 2018
The Problem with “Welcoming the Stranger”
Today we are pleased to welcome a new contributor to the Anxious Bench, Melissa...
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 19, 2018
Christianity and Evangelicalism
As prominent evangelical leaders gather this week at Wheaton, IL, to discuss how the Trump...
April 18, 2018
Scamming for God? The Tale of (Another) Huckster Preacher Kirbyjon Caldwell
Today I am pleased to welcome Jonathan Root to The Anxious Bench. Jonathan Root is...
February 15, 2018
Protestants and Immigration, Past and Present
Nicholas Pruitt teaches in the Department of History at Eastern Nazarene College. He's also a...
January 16, 2018
Jessica Hahn and Evangelical Silence on Sexual Abuse
We are so pleased to welcome back John Wigger to the Anxious Bench. John Wigger...
December 14, 2017
Can “Evangelicalism” Survive Trump?
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Wells announced that he would like to resign as an...
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 07, 2017
The Roots of a Public Housing Crisis in Cairo, Illinois
We are joined today at the Anxious Bench by Kerry Pimblott, author of Faith in...
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 13, 2017
Recalibrating the “Evangelical Paradigm”
A growing body of evidence points to a pitched battle between evangelical and churchly Protestants...
July 13, 2017
If You’re Interested in the History of Sports and Christianity…
An interview with historian Paul Putz, whose research and new blog (Sportianity) explores the intersections...
June 01, 2017
Slow Cooking: The College Classroom and American Civic Life
Today we welcome Will Katerberg to the Anxious Bench. Will is Professor of History at...
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 10, 2017
Why Bother With “Diversity” in Christian Higher Education?
Guest blogger Andrea Turpin reflects on the value of diversity in Christian higher education, as...
April 26, 2017
“What do Eastern Orthodox Christians believe about…?”
As evangelicals pay more attention to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, guest blogger Matt Miller reviews a...
April 12, 2017
Academic Freedom, Christian Higher Education, and the History of Sexuality
Guest blogger AnneMarie Kooistra reflects on teaching the history of sexuality as a professor at...
March 29, 2017
The Need for a Comprehensive “Theology of Diversity”
Guest-blogger H. Paul Thompson on the need for a comprehensive theology of diversity "that embraces...
March 15, 2017
Donald Trump Did Not Win an Election on November 8, 2016
Donald Trump did not win an election on November 8, 2016 — he won 30...
March 09, 2017
Betsy DeVos, HBCUs, and the History of Christian Higher Education
Thinking about Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' advocacy of school choice in light of the...
March 01, 2017
Margaret Mead: Christian, Pro-life Feminist
Today we are pleased to welcome Elesha Coffman to the Anxious Bench. Elesha is an...
February 15, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Sandra Bullock, and the Historical Cost of School Choice
How a popular Hollywood movie celebrates the potential benefits of school choice, but obscures the...
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A Report from the Women’s March on Washington
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