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May 10, 2018
Pilgrims and Puritans
"Pilgrim" just has a much nicer ring to most eyes than "puritan." On one level,...
March 12, 2018
Do Puritans (still) hold the key to America?
Marilynne Robinson, writer of beautiful novels and perspicacious essays, turns some attention to New England...
December 07, 2017
Thomas Hooker and the Terror of God
Thomas Hooker frequently compared the relationship between God and human beings to a king who...
November 22, 2017
“Take an Indian to Lunch”
In “Take an Indian to Lunch,” Freberg sings about an early Puritan politician who strategically...
November 09, 2017
Praying in the Wake of Affliction
In 1687, a measles epidemic swept away many of Boston's children. Cotton Mather preached on...
September 25, 2017
Beware The Crucible
The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke, a funny self-referential New...
February 27, 2017
The Benedict Option, New England Edition
Ian Lovett’s recent Wall Street Journal essay traces a growing trend among traditional Christians to...
July 17, 2016
Sacred Violence in Early America
In 1637, English forces and their native allies encircled a Pequot village and burned alive...
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...
April 07, 2016
Was Nebuchadnezzar a Werewolf?
"Nebuchadnezzar's malady was not unlike a lycanthropy," wrote Cotton Mather in his Biblia Americana. The...
November 25, 2015
Eating Eel: Your Guide to an Authentic Thanksgiving
Turkey might be traditional fare at Thanksgiving, but it’s probably not historical.
March 02, 2015
How to live in terrible times
The news is terrible lately. Maybe news always is bad. Many eras bristle with horror,...
October 02, 2014
Zachary Hutchins's Inventing Eden is a remarkable book. As its subtitle explains, Hutchins examines "primitivism,...
May 28, 2014
“Then I Shall Be a Wicked Child, and the Great God Will Be Very Angry with Me”
One beautiful spring afternoon four years ago, I came across a horrifying scene in my...
October 08, 2013
The Puritans as Masters of Reform
My history graduate students and I recently read David Hall's A Reforming People: Puritanism and the...
July 16, 2013
The Historical Genius of Edmund Morgan
Last week we lost one of the titans of American history writing, Yale's Edmund Morgan....
June 27, 2013
Two New England Women
Is history an art or a science? History is empirical and creative. We can marvel...
June 13, 2013
A Model of Christian Charity
Nearly every semester, I have the occasion to ask at least one class of students...
April 16, 2013
Understanding the Puritans
The scholarly study of the Puritans has been marked in recent years by attempts to...
February 12, 2013
The Puritans: Neither Democratic nor American?
As I discussed in my post "Puritans: The Original Republicans?", few historians today remain interested...
October 29, 2012
ALL HALLOWED AND HAUNTED
How should we interpret Hurricane Sandy, blowing near Salem, Massachusetts, in the days before Halloween?...
September 12, 2012
Is America New England Writ Large?
I spent the last couple of days at Duke University where I gave a lecture...
August 07, 2012
Puritans: The Original Republicans?
What political legacy did the Puritans leave to America? There was a time when historians...
July 17, 2012
Best 5 Books on the Puritans
I recently reviewed Michael Winship's Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill,...
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