Top Posts of the Year, Anxious Bench

Here are the most popular posts from each contributor at the Anxious Bench this year. We all appreciate your support and interest in our work. Hope you have a delightful and restful Christmas and New Year’s! Agnes Howard, “Why is that Church So Ugly?” Thomas Albert Howard, “The Axe that Severed the Bishop’s Head” Philip [Read More...]

Islam in the Christian College?

In a post 9/11 world, engaging Islam in the college classroom is more important than ever.  Unfortunately, too many evangelical schools are ill-equipped to meet the challenge.  For that reason, I am working on a grant application presently titled “Islam in the Western Classroom:  Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching about Islam in a post-9/11 World.”  [Read More...]

Hope for Revival in Britain?

My family and I just returned from two weeks in the U.K., and while we were there, several major British religion news events transpired. First, on a day we happened to be in Edinburgh, Church of Scotland delegates voted to allow gay ministers. Then, when we returned to London, came the appalling murder of a [Read More...]

Barack Obama: Self-Professed Evangelical?

One of the most peculiar moments of the Republican National Convention — at least among those that did not involve an empty chair — was Mike Huckabee’s proclamation that Barack Obama was a “self-professed evangelical.” Mollie Hemingway at GetReligion (now housed at Patheos) registered puzzlement at that statement, a feeling I certainly share. A couple months ago, the Anxious Bench’s John Turner asked [Read More...]


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