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April 24, 2018
Did Evangelicals “Kidnap” the Word Evangelical?
Did evangelicals kidnap the word "evangelical" from other Christians? If so, says Chris, they were...
April 20, 2018
Forgetting the Thirty Years War
Some of the greatest events in human history simply fail to register in popular consciousness....
November 02, 2017
American Christianity Needs More Sin
Sola gratia. By grace alone. With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Protestants around the...
October 31, 2017
The Best of The Anxious Bench: The Protestant Reformation
On this 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses... some of the best Anxious Bench writing...
October 31, 2017
The Upside of Historical Amnesia As the Reformation Turns 500
That many people can’t remember what the Protestant Reformation was all about might not please...
October 23, 2017
Devotion to Luther and the Saints
Saints are not to be idolized, obviously, but nor are they supposed to be milked...
October 17, 2017
Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians
With the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses at hand, Chris looks back to...
October 10, 2017
Sola Fide: The Reformation Board Game
Chris and his young son test out a new Reformation board game, with amusing results.
October 02, 2017
Reformation, Science, and Modernity
I recently spoke at an excellent conference held at Hong Kong Baptist University, on the...
August 23, 2017
Evangelical Silence and Trump: A Reformation Irony
I worry that evangelicals have become too comfortable with hiding our inaction behind the guise...
April 08, 2017
A New Movie on Dietrich Bonhoeffer
How you can purchase or screen Come Before Winter, a new docudrama on the last...
January 05, 2017
John Knox and His Women
Jane Dawson begins and ends her biography of John Knox with touching, familial scenes. The...
June 14, 2016
British Christians Debate “Brexit”
In nine days British voters will determine if their country remains a member of the European Union, as...
May 24, 2016
Martin Luther King and the History of Religious Extremism
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" would make it on my list of...
May 18, 2016
Banning the Bible: Did It Really Happen in the Medieval World?
Yes, it did. But not the way you were taught in Sunday School. Let me...
May 04, 2016
The English Bible before the Reformation
Literally steps from where the Great Fire of London began in 1666, at Thomas Farriner's...
October 23, 2015
We usually refer to “the Reformation” as if the European movement of the sixteenth century...
October 19, 2015
Reformations Then and Now
I described the religious revolution that overcame the Jewish world in the seventh century BC,...
October 16, 2015
Over the next couple of years, we are going to be hearing a great deal...
November 16, 2014
Access to the Internet has transformed my perception of the value of visual images to...
July 14, 2014
THE BREAKING OF IMAGES
In a recent Times Literary Supplement, David Motadel reviewed James Noyes’s 2013 book The Politics...
April 14, 2014
That’s So Dys-Evangelical …
History presents many ironies. One of them has to do with evangelicalism’s relationship to the...
December 06, 2013
PICTURES WITHOUT WORDS
I recently attended an outstanding conference at Gordon College on the upcoming celebration of the...
November 08, 2013
REFORMATIONS THEN AND NOW
I have been thinking recently about parallels between the Reformation and the rise of contemporary...
September 27, 2013
In October, 1555, the regime of Mary Tudor burned two former English bishops for their...
July 22, 2013
Hilary Sherratt, an alumnae of Gordon College and a guest blogger for this post, was...
June 21, 2013
SAINT JOHN FISHER
Often, stories of martyrs and saints are so reworked over time that they become outrageously...
June 10, 2013
The Incombustible Martin Luther
I have just returned from Europe, where, among other things, I led a 10-day...
June 07, 2013
DUALISTS AND PROTESTANTS
I have recently been posting about Dualist versions of Christianity, and their incredibly long-lasting influence...
March 28, 2013
St. Matthew’s Passion
The furtherance and further enrichment of the medieval Christian heritage of music and art remains...
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