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May 08, 2018
Why Beth Moore’s Letter Makes Me Hopeful
Chris reflects on the significance of Beth Moore as an emerging leader of evangelicalism in...
March 30, 2018
Porn and the American Presidency
In 1976, many evangelical supporters of Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter were disillusioned when the presidential...
March 22, 2018
Defining Evangelicalism and the Problem of Whiteness
Do you approve of the way Trump is handling his job as President? If you’re...
December 28, 2017
The Anxious Bench Year in Review: 2017
From evangelicalism to Trump to #MeToo... the 25 most-read Anxious Bench posts of 2017
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 28, 2017
Do Evangelicals Share a Common Story?
Is evangelical identity based on a shared story, a religious version of a national narrative?
June 30, 2017
The Anxious Bench Half-Year in Review
Presenting our most popular posts halfway into a turbulent 2017. (Plus a few you might...
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....
May 11, 2017
The End of American Evangelicalism
Amid the semester's end, the following is adapted and slightly updated from the Anxious Bench archives... One...
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 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...
February 01, 2017
A Report from the Women’s March on Washington
Guest blogger Mandy McMichael reflects on her participation in the Women's March on Washington in...
January 31, 2017
“…Not Hitler, But Still Kinda Like Hitler”
Should historians consider analogies between Donald Trump and fascist leaders like Adolf Hitler? While the...
January 26, 2017
Praying for the Best and Preparing for the Worst
Today we welcome Jonathan Couser to the Anxious Bench. Jonathan received an M.Div. from Yale Divinity...
January 21, 2017
I Do Not Owe “Total Allegiance” to America
In his inaugural address, Donald Trump exhorted "total allegiance" to the U.S.A. That's not 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...
November 23, 2016
Around eighteen years ago, my wife and I drove out into the countryside beyond Louisville...
November 08, 2016
Decision Day: An Open Letter on Faith, Hope, Love, and the 2016 Election
While I normally enjoy my Tuesday spot in the Anxious Bench rotation, it did leave...
October 26, 2016
Homeless: The Evangelical Left in 2016
2016 would appear to be the perfect moment to launch a revitalized evangelical left. Donald...
October 18, 2016
The Bonhoeffer Effect, “Unpleasant Parallels,” and the 2016 Election
Christians on both sides of the 2016 election invoke the heroic example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,...
October 11, 2016
A Dispatch from Trump Country: The Past and Politics
For my fall sabbatical, my family has been blessed with the opportunity to spend four...
October 10, 2016
The Problem with Protecting our Wives and Daughters
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad many evangelicals are lining up to condemn Trump’s vulgar...
August 22, 2016
“History is Hot”
Many historians have been given prominent public platforms of late. Is history "hot" right now?...
August 16, 2016
Could the U.S. Finally Get a Significant Christian Democratic Party?
Is American politics finally ready for a Christian democratic party like those that have long...
August 15, 2016
Trump and Modern Ethical Theory
We are still many weeks away from early November and I’m already wondering if there...
August 07, 2016
My Trump Syllabus
I recently found myself on the fringes of an academic controversy. The Chronicle of Higher...
July 31, 2016
No Room in Wayne Grudem’s World for a Female President
In a stunning statement, Wayne Grudem--Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary,...
July 28, 2016
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, By Their Words
by Katelyn Guichelaar and Kristin Du Mez The national party conventions of the past two...
July 21, 2016
How Donald Trump Is Prompting a Debate about the Practice of History
Should historians be taking sides in the 2016 election? Does our discipline give us any...
July 20, 2016
Trump, Evangelicals, and the Democratic Party
White evangelicals have become such an entrenched bloc in the Republican Party that four out...
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