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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...
July 31, 2017
What to do about what’s wrong with America
One of the happy characteristics of America, mythical or actual, is its hospitality to those...
July 03, 2017
The Man with the Snake-shaped Birthmark
An 1839 bulletin from the prestigious Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (forerunner to the New England...
June 29, 2017
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....
June 28, 2017
Wonder Woman and Complementarianism
I found myself thinking about complementarianism while watching the new Wonder Woman movie.
June 15, 2017
Time for Kierkegaard
Summer is here. For academics, that means there just might be time to pick up...
May 24, 2017
John Donne, Redone
"John Donne, Anne Donne, Undone." According to one later account, so the Elizabethan and early...
May 22, 2017
Evangelicals and Christian Unity
[Recently, I gave a talk at Gordon College (where I formerly taught) on commemorating the...
May 18, 2017
10 Things Christians Get Wrong About Feminism
“Christian feminism” is an oxymoron. …and “secular feminism” is a tautology. Yes, there are certainly...
May 08, 2017
Could Protestants Reclaim Purgatory?
George Saunders's novel Lincoln in the Bardo springs from an actual historical event, but ends up...
May 04, 2017
Fairness for All: A Call for Culture Peacemakers?
For nearly half a century, American Christians have, to greater and lesser degrees, embraced the...
April 25, 2017
Jewish-Christian Disputations in the Middle Ages
Although they were infrequent affairs, formal debates between Christians and Jews sometimes took place in...
April 20, 2017
Please Stop Talking About “The Mother of All Bombs”
Last Thursday the United States military dropped a bomb on ISIS targets in eastern Afghanistan....
April 06, 2017
Is Complementarian Theology Abusive to Women?
As you may have heard, Princeton Seminary decided to award Tim Keller the prestigious...
March 27, 2017
Leadership for All?
Enough already with leadership. What we need are some good followers. This is the bottom...
March 23, 2017
A Golden Age for Christian Colleges?
Are Christian colleges uniquely positioned to revitalize our nation’s intellectual life and contribute to cultural...
March 11, 2017
What if this had been me? A gendered analysis of the funniest video ever.
By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this video. If you haven’t, here you go....
February 23, 2017
Still Searching for Christian America
“At times of crisis it is a natural human reaction to turn to the past...
February 13, 2017
Nicholas of Cusa on the Diversity of Religions
In my last post, I profiled Raymond Llull (1232-1316) as a forerunner of modern-day interreligious...
February 09, 2017
Heroes of the Faith: True, but not Accurate
Today at the Anxious Bench we welcome Bruce Berglund, professor of history at Calvin College. He...
February 08, 2017
Dance and the Church: A History More Complicated than Footloose…
Today we are pleased to welcome Lynneth Miller to the Anxious Bench. Lynneth is a...
January 18, 2017
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...
January 11, 2017
Make a Good Impression at Academic Conferences (Please!)
It was sunny and warm today in Texas without a snow cloud in sight. I...
January 02, 2017
Lessons from a Portrait Project
Welcome, new year! By the end of 2016 it had become a little too fashionable to...
December 29, 2016
Fear No Evil: Christian Witness in a Time of Darkness
A truck plows into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market. Heart-wrenching images from Aleppo disquiet...
December 19, 2016
The Most Influential Theologian You’ve Never Heard of
Who is Josef Kleutgen (1811-1883)? The name is not a household name, except in my...
December 15, 2016
Dispelling Darkness: A Christian Paradox
Tis the season. Christmas music is everywhere. I’m not a complete Grinch when it comes...
December 05, 2016
Indiana’s Other Claim to 2016 Fame
A big day is nearly upon us. Not as big as Christmas, but not small...
November 21, 2016
Education: What is It?
For a "think tank" of sorts, I find myself writing a white paper on education...
October 17, 2016
In the long history of conflict between “Islam and Christendom,” there have been many flashpoints....
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