A CATALOGUE OF SECTS

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I recently posted about using visual materials to tell religious history. Some of the most useful images are the really hostile cartoons and satires. Not that you expect these to be in any sense fair and balanced, but they do give an idea of the issues at stake in the polemic of the time. They [Read More...]

PICTURES WITHOUT WORDS

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I recently attended an outstanding conference at Gordon College on the upcoming celebration of the fifth centennial of the Reformation in 2017 – the half millennium. I’m not going to summarize the Gordon event here, but a project occurred to me, or rather a challenge. Suppose you had to describe an event like that, but [Read More...]

CREDULITY, SUPERSTITION, AND FANATICISM

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I have posted several times on religious images in art and what they can tell us about ideas and debates in earlier eras. I think scholars often pay insufficient attention to the incredible resources that lie in such visual imagery – we can be a very text-bound lot. As an example, I offer William Hogarth’s [Read More...]


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