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May 03, 2018
Poisonous History and Its Antidote: Christian Nationalism, Black History, and New Beginnings
On April 26, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, opened its...
April 04, 2018
April 4, 50 Years Out
Fifty years. Fifty years since the shot rang out. Since Martin Luther King Jr. was...
March 14, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time and the Gospel of the Third Way
If Madeleine L’Engle’s portrayal of communism as the evil "other" was not unusual, her antidote...
March 08, 2018
Is It Time to Put Away “the Prophetic”?
A few weeks back, evangelical theologian Richard Mouw explained over at Religion News Service why...
February 28, 2018
Black Fundamentalists and Moody Bible Institute
How black fundamentalists responded to Moody Bible Institute's accommodation to racial segregation
February 14, 2018
Race and Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute’s pursuit of middle-class respectability led away from a soft racial egalitarianism toward...
October 05, 2017
Race Hatred, the Crime of the Age, and the Impotency of Christianity
It was the morning of October 16, 1893. The day dawned bright and frosty, and...
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...
August 30, 2017
A Highly Trained Nonviolent Peacekeeping Force
The Mennonites behind the Clergy Protests in Charlottesville
August 26, 2017
Christian Scholars on Racism in America Today
Dozens of Christian historians and other scholars have signed an open letter condemning racism, co-written...
July 13, 2017
Recalibrating the “Evangelical Paradigm”
A growing body of evidence points to a pitched battle between evangelical and churchly Protestants...
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...
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...
October 23, 2016
Highlights from the 2016 Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History
Race, gender, identity... and Donald Trump. Revisiting the 2016 meeting of the Conference on Faith...
September 15, 2016
Black Church, White Jesus
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. When I was twenty...
August 25, 2016
History, Empathy, and Race in America
In the white paper “Measuring College Learning in History” (a surprisingly good read as far...
January 20, 2016
The Global Context of InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter
Part of InterVarsity’s response to the #BlackLivesMatter controversy has been entirely predictable. In part, the...
January 06, 2016
InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter in Historical Perspective
In the last month, Franklin Graham called for a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Polls seemed...
December 03, 2015
Woodrow Wilson, Race, and the Depravity of Human Nature
Today's guest post comes from Dr. Barry Hankins, professor of history at Baylor University. His religious...
October 08, 2015
Playing Mormon, Playing Indian
In 1869, Lucy Stanton Bassett traveled from New York to Utah, possibly riding on the...
September 03, 2015
Race and American Christianity
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. After my freshman year...
May 13, 2015
Doing Bad to Do Good: Carter’s Race-Baiting Election of 1970
In 1970 Jimmy Carter ran a sordid campaign for governor of Georgia. Courting the support...
April 02, 2015
Mormons, Race, and Slavery
In the middle of 1870, Scipio Africanus Kenner feared losing the girl he loved. For...
January 15, 2015
Even in slaveholding states, many white Americans were uneasy about the morality of black slavery...
December 03, 2014
More than Ferguson
After the St. Louis County (MO) Grand Jury in Ferguson declined to indict Darren Wilson...
November 05, 2014
Race, Religion, and Teaching in Prison
The St. Louis County grand jury tasked with determining whether enough evidence exists to indict...
September 24, 2014
How the Federal Council of Churches influenced The Sunday School Times
After twenty-one years of marriage, my wife and I know each other pretty well. We...
June 25, 2014
Black religion and Vietnam
On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. preached at Riverside Church in New York...
February 05, 2014
Evangelicals and Dr. King
Edward Gilbreath's Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church (InterVarsity, 2013)...
December 12, 2013
Mormons and Race
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new, detailed statement...
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