Barry Hankins On America’s Perfect Civil Religion Holiday

Last week, I asked my historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received and the series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. Today, Barry Hankins reflects on America's perfect civil religion holiday..................Barry Hankins is Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History and Resident Scholar, Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor U … [Read more...]

Final Appeal Filed on Behalf of Asia Bibi

Today in Pakistan, an appeal was filed to Pakistan's Supreme Court on behalf of Asia Bibi.The Christian mother of five is hoping to be cleared of blasphemy charges via this appeal and/or to receive a pardon and perhaps find refuge in France.A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy filed an appeal in the country's top court Monday, her final legal recourse after being found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammed four years ago. A high court in the eastern city of … [Read more...]

Jared Burkholder On Politics And The First Thanksgiving

Last week, I asked my historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received. The series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. Today, Jared Burkholder discusses the political aspects of the first thanksgiving.........................Jared S. Burkholder is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana. He … [Read more...]

John Wilsey On What The Public Should Know About Thanksgiving

Last week, I asked a bunch of historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses sent in so far. The series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. Today, John Wilsey begins with he wants us to know about Thanksgiving...................John D. Wilsey is Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of One Nation Under God: An … [Read more...]

Legal Maneuvers In the Case of Asia Bibi

Asif Aqeel, writing for World Watch Monitor, explains some of the recent legal maneuvers in the case of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother of five who has been charged with blasphemy. She was sentenced to death and has one more appeal to the Pakistani Supreme Court.There is a very helpful history of the case and a summary of the efforts of the courts to make it harder to achieve blasphemy convictions. Her hopes appear to be a change in evidence requirements or a pardon from the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Week: What Historians Think is Important About Thanksgiving

Starting on Sunday, I plan to post contributions from historians about they think is important for us to know about Thanksgiving. I have asked numerous historians to send something in and I am very happy with what I have received so far.Watch for this daily series to begin on Sunday afternoon.To read all posts in the series, click Thanksgiving 2014 … [Read more...]

Free Asia Bibi

In some really important news...Asia Bibi is a Christian mother who has been held in prison in Pakistan since 2010 on charges of blasphemy. On Tuesday, Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times gave his column to Asia Bibi's husband to plead her case. Her best hope appears to be an international appeal to the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain for a pardon.I blogged about her case in 2010 and started a petition at Change.org which I have reactivated. I hope you will sign it; it isn't … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’s Father Spreads Barton’s Fables in Church

In private conversations with evangelical leaders about David Barton's pseudo-history, I have been asked what harm Barton's fables cause. After all, many of the founders were orthodox Christian and religious devotion was more respected then than now, so what does it hurt if Barton stretches the truth a little? He is basically on the right side of things so what's the problem?There are many problems with that line of thinking, most of which I don't have time to address now. However, one I … [Read more...]


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