Are There Good Religious History Books for Children?

The children’s religious book market is booming… so why are there so few good church histories and Christian biographies for those readers? [Read more…]

Mea Culpa: On Charles Marsh’s Biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Between my own blog, this one, and a couple others, I’ve written about 1,500 posts in the last six years. I try to do it well, with a less formal tone and much greater pace than typical academic writing but still reflecting a reasonably careful degree of prior research. But I’m afraid that my haste sometimes leads me [Read More…]

A New Movie on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How you can purchase or screen Come Before Winter, a new docudrama on the last days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. [Read more…]

The Bonhoeffer Effect, “Unpleasant Parallels,” and the 2016 Election

Christians on both sides of the 2016 election invoke the heroic example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but the history of Christian responses to Nazism is much more complicated. [Read more…]

Bonhoeffer Biography a Masterpiece

Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has received much attention since its release several months back, partlyfor two reasons. First, Marsh discusses Bonhoeffer’s apparently homoerotic relationship with Eberhard Bethge at considerable length. For a figure beloved by many American Christians themselves uneasy with same-sex attraction, this is controversial terrain. Second, Marsh’s biography [Read More…]

Just Spirituality

The stereotypical religious conservative sees social justice, at best, as a distraction from practices of piety or, at worst, a heretical deviation from the gospel. The stereotypical religious progressive sees social justice as a biblical imperative—but seems to have no time for spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, and fasting. This seems to be changing [Read More…]

Culture-Changing Christians

When Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, many disappointed supporters – including a number of evangelicals – suggested that his defeat spoke to an American culture in decline. For politics to change, they say, culture must change. Glenn Beck, for example, tweeted that “the time for politics is over. I’m doubling down on my [Read More…]