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May 04, 2017
Spreading the Faith: Other Paths
Recently, I was writing about issues of mission, migration and religious change. It occurs to...
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...
August 02, 2016
Religion in The Olympics… and The Olympics as Religion
Surveying the complicated history of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the modern Olympics, whose founder...
July 22, 2016
Fertility, Faith and Islam
I have been posting about declining fertility rates around the world, specifically about their impact...
July 11, 2016
Fertility and Faith
I have written a good deal about the relationship between demographics and religious loyalties, and...
June 27, 2016
Two Sides of One Coin? Mapping Buddhist and Christian Decline
Although it’s a world religion, in a sense it is multiply cut off from its...
June 24, 2016
This Orient Isle
Back in February, I posted about the tight alliance that bound (Protestant) Elizabethan England with...
May 30, 2016
The Enoch Seminar
One of the most exciting areas today in Biblical scholarship (broadly defined) is the Enoch...
January 22, 2016
The Hadith and the Jews
I have been discussing the Islamic Hadith, and the apocalyptic traditions found in the section...
January 11, 2016
I have been posting about some apocalyptic sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, which are...
January 08, 2016
Jesus at Dabiq
The Hadith are sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, and some address apocalyptic themes. One...
January 01, 2016
Apocalypse at Dabiq
Over the past year, the word Dabiq has come to be associated with some horrendous...
November 17, 2015
Islam: Inherently Violent?
The jihadist attacks in Paris have grieved and frightened the world again with the reality...
November 15, 2015
Permanent Jihad, Continued
I dearly wish I had not been right. Back in early September, I did a...
October 23, 2015
We usually refer to “the Reformation” as if the European movement of the sixteenth century...
September 22, 2015
Should We Elect a Muslim President?
Ben Carson stirred up the latest Republican primary tempest this weekend when he volunteered the...
March 03, 2015
“Woven into the fabric of our country”? Islam in Early America
President Obama created controversy in a recent speech when he asserted that "Islam has been...
February 24, 2015
What Motivates Jihadists?
Over at The Atlantic, Graeme Wood has a fascinating but disturbing piece on the theological foundations...
July 13, 2014
THE FLIGHT OF THE DINGBATS
Robert Spencer just published an extraordinarily inaccurate piece about my work. I would not normally...
October 21, 2013
THE VERY PLACE WHERE IT HAPPENED
I recently described the powerful medieval theme of rooting the events of the New Testament...
September 02, 2013
Islam in the Christian College?
In a post 9/11 world, engaging Islam in the college classroom is more important than...
August 18, 2013
THE CRISIS OF EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANITY
This past week has been horrible for Egypt’s Christians. I offer this quote from the...
May 28, 2013
Hope for Revival in Britain?
My family and I just returned from two weeks in the U.K., and while we...
May 21, 2013
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
The Boston Marathon bombings and the faiths of the Tsarnaev brothers have renewed the debate...
February 04, 2013
Reading Tocqueville in Cairo
If Alexis de Tocqueville were alive today to witness the churning unrest and revolutions sweeping...
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