The Historian’s Vocation in the Age of Information, Part 2*

“You and your d**n cards.  How do you keep track of them all?” queries Adrian “Kim” Philby as he walks into the dark, shade-drawn office of James Angleton, the head of the CIA’s counterintelligence operations.  Hovering over stacks of notecards strewn throughout his office while he chain-smokes cigarettes, Angleton replies, “Certain cards simply cry out [Read More...]

Welcome New Anxious Bench Blogger Miles Mullin!

This coming week we are welcoming Miles Mullin of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies (Southwestern Baptist Seminary) as the latest addition to the Anxious Bench’s blogging roster! From Miles’s faculty profile at SWBTS: Miles S. Mullin, II is Assistant Professor of Church History at the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies, Southwestern [Read More...]

American Evangelicals’ Global Vision Began in Korea

Guest Post by Miles S. Mullin, II, J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies, Southwestern Seminary Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27[1] The global vision of American evangelicalism began in an improbable [Read More...]

The Quandary of African American Evangelicalism

Guest post from Miles S. Mullin II, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies: John Fea’s recent Anxious Bench post, “Where Are the Studies of Twentieth-Century Black Evangelicalism?” raised an excellent question, one that confronted me over a decade ago as a graduate student in Dennis Dickerson’s Religion and the Civil Rights [Read More...]

Religion and the Success of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Guest post by Miles S. Mullin II, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies As Election Day approaches, most coverage of the presidential campaign focuses on the policy differences between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.  Certainly these differences deserve careful attention.  But there’s a biographical similarity that the media has badly [Read More...]

David Barton, Civil Religion, and Patriotic Idolatry

Guest Post by Miles S. Mullin, II, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies A few weeks ago, popular Christian history writer David Barton presented his standard two-hour presentation at a church in my area.  At the urging of colleague John Wilsey, who has written against the concept of Christian America [Read More...]


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