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February 20, 2018
When Did Evangelicals Start Observing Lent?
While they inherited the Reformers' concern about mandatory fasting and other disciplines, evangelical interest in...
November 23, 2016
Around eighteen years ago, my wife and I drove out into the countryside beyond Louisville...
August 03, 2016
How Activists Claimed Primary Season (for awhile)
During the Democratic National Convention, supporters of Bernie Sanders denounced the superdelegate system as rigged....
March 16, 2016
The End of American Evangelicalism
One of the big surprises of 2016 is the extent of evangelical support for Donald...
November 03, 2015
The Most Evangelical Founding Father?
In spite of some Christian revisionist attempts to cast them all as evangelical believers, the...
October 06, 2015
Searching for the Political Messiah
Some signs would suggest that we're finally seeing the decline of the Donald Trump candidacy
September 17, 2015
Liberty and Civility
Earlier this week, Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to 12,000 students...
September 09, 2015
The Biblical Case for Organized Labor
Today's guest post is from Heath W. Carter. He is an assistant professor of history...
August 18, 2015
The “Evangelicals” Who Support Donald Trump
There has been much hand-wringing in recent weeks about the persistent support of Donald Trump...
July 07, 2015
Should Evangelicals Embrace the “Benedict Option”?
Rod Dreher has been blogging about the need for traditional Christians to embrace the "Benedict...
July 01, 2015
The Quick Triumph of Same-Sex Marriage
From the 2013 Anxious Bench archives... About a decade ago, the historian David Chappell wrote...
March 31, 2015
Can Evangelicals Become More Likeable?
Over at the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof - one of America's most open-minded liberal...
July 08, 2014
The “Evangelicals” Who Are Not Evangelicals
At the Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim recently reviewed Steven Miller's excellent book The Age of Evangelicalism,...
January 30, 2014
Apostles of Unreason
Molly Worthen's Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism is a sobering...
January 28, 2014
“Experts” and Evangelical Subculture
In my recent post on platforms and publishing, I noted that certain "experts" seem to...
January 23, 2014
Evangelicals and the Death Penalty
Anthony Santoro's Exile and Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourse on the Death Penalty features one of...
November 17, 2013
THE EVANGELICAL MELTING POT
Journalist Mira Kamdar had a lovely story in a recent New York Times about the...
October 31, 2013
Adelle Banks of Religion News Service has a fascinating piece on signs of a possible...
September 10, 2013
The Roots of Evangelical Opposition to Syrian Intervention
Last week I wrote about "Paleo Evangelicals and Syria," explaining why many traditional evangelicals will...
September 03, 2013
Paleo Evangelicals and Syria
I have written on a number of occasions about paleo evangelicals, those who are theologically...
April 17, 2013
George Beverly Shea (1909-2013)
From Bev Shea's NYT obituary: Though Mr. Shea was long a vital part of Mr....
November 15, 2012
Churches and their leaders generally don't take kindly to outside scrutiny, but that scrutiny is...
October 16, 2012
Paleo Evangelicals as Reluctant Republicans
The mainstream media loves politically liberal evangelicals, especially at this time of year, as we...
August 21, 2012
Paul Ryan and the Curious Case of the Missing Evangelicals
We now have a presidential ticket without at least one candidate who is nominally Protestant....
June 19, 2012
Evangelicals and Romney: Politics Trumps Theology?
Evangelicals are overwhelmingly indicating support for Mitt Romney in public opinion polls, and writers such...
June 15, 2012
What is Evangelicalism?
Since this blog is on Patheos's "Evangelical Channel," I thought we should devote at least...
May 22, 2012
Hell: Who Goes There, and For How Long?
Evangelical Christians have engaged in a robust, rancorous debate about hell in the past year. As I wrote...
May 10, 2012
How to Teach about American Evangelicalism
This coming fall, I'm teaching a dedicated course on evangelicalism in the United States for...
May 03, 2012
Romney’s Real Evangelical Problem
The Republican Party has an evangelical problem. My very simplistic theory of American presidential politics...
May 02, 2012
Ross Douthat’s Vanishing Christian Center
In a recent New York Times column titled “Divided by God,” and more generally in his...
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