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The Half-Year in Review

The Half-Year in Review June 15, 2021

It’s still a couple weeks before the actual midpoint of 2021, but… between spending last weekend taking my daughter to a softball tournament and spending this week at a COVID-delayed family reunion on Lake Superior, I needed to give myself a break from writing a full post.

So without further ado, I’m happy to reveal our most popular writing from the first half of the year — the top ten posts, plus one more for each author that I’d love to see get a second look before we round the bend on 2021. And while I was at it, I added some visual reminders of all the great books AB authors have published in the last year. (Or, in one case, will publish in just over two months. Not that that author is counting the days or anything.)

Overall Top 10

  1. #LeaveLOUD and the Evangelical Reckoning (Kristin)
  2. What Evangelicals Have Never Been Taught… about Paul (Beth)
  3. The Cost of Staying Silent (Kristin)
  4. The Evangelical Baptists Who Made “Biblical Womanhood”… and Those Who Tried to Unmake It (Chris)
  5. Discipline and Punish: A Guide to Power in American Evangelicalism (Kristin)
  6. Josh Hawley, Betsy DeVos, and Abraham Kuyper: A Reckoning (Janel Kragt Bakker)
  7. Not So Groovy, Baby: How Evangelical Sex Advice Got Stuck in the 1970s (Sheila Wray Gregoire)
  8. The Importance of Beth Moore in Recent American Religious History (Chris)
  9. Two Questions for Complementarians (and One for Egalitarians) (Andrea)
  10. Will Reformed Evangelicalism Divide Over Racial Politics? The 19th-Century Stone-Campbell Movement Offers a Clue (Dan)

Seeing that top five list reminds me to mention that this month marks five years at The Anxious Bench for Kristin (and me).

Covers of Howard, Showing and Howard, The Faiths of Others

Agnes & Tal Howard

  1. An Obscure Centenary
  2. Grief and Hope, American Style
  3. For God So Loved the World He Gave Us Sundried Tomatoes

Plus one more… I’m not sure what about Tal’s post on Michael Bordeaux made me more jealous: that he got to spend time in an actual archive, or that he’s got yet another book in the works.

Andrea Turpin

  1. Two Questions for Complementarians (and One for Egalitarians)
  2. A Historian’s Spiritual Reading List
  3. Conservative Men and Women Together? Two Books on Evangelicals and Politics

Plus one more… I didn’t realize that Andrea had once been an astrophysics major, but that may help explain her affinity for the history of science and technology.

Covers of Barr, The Making of. Biblical Womanhood and Gehrz, Charles Lindbergh

Beth Allison Barr

  1. What Evangelicals Have Never Been Taught… about Paul
  2. It’s a Small, Small (Complementarian) World
  3. The 2021 SBC and the Cost of (Not) Writing The Making of Biblical Womanhood

Plus one more… mentioning the response of the Conference on Faith and History to the January 6 insurrection gives me one more chance to thank Beth for her leadership of CFH during what ended up being an extended term as president.

Chris Gehrz

  1. The Evangelical Baptists Who Made “Biblical Womanhood”… and Those Who Tried to Unmake It
  2. The Importance of Beth Moore in Recent American Religious History
  3. Will This Week Bring an Epiphany for Evangelicals?

Plus one more… while I wrote about history as a Lenten discipline in March, some of what I had to say probably can apply to the Ordinary time of summer.

Covers of Williams, The Politics of the Cross and Swartz, Facing West

Daniel K. Williams

  1. Will Reformed Evangelicalism Divide Over Racial Politics? The 19th-Century Stone-Campbell Movement Offers a Clue
  2. How the Civil Rights Movement Converted Liberal White Protestants to Secularism
  3. Walter F. Mondale (1928-2021): The Private Faith of a Public Servant

Plus one more… having used the chapter on abortion in Dan’s newest book to help flesh out a long-gestating post of my own, I was glad to see him address that same topic head on a few weeks later.

David Swartz

  1. The Danger of a Single Mennonite Story
  2. The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America
  3. The Savage My Kinsman: Wheaton Wrestles with the Language of Mission

Plus one more… I can’t think of many American scholars better placed than David to pay tribute to the late René Padilla.

Covers of Turner, They Knew They Were Pilgrims and Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne (paperback)

John Turner

  1. Unmaking Biblical Womanhood
  2. White Evangelical Racism
  3. Evangelicalism as Bad Religion

Plus one more… like the rest of us, John often writes critically about the past and present of evangelicalism, so I appreciated that he began the year reflecting on what he nonetheless loves about that branch of Christianity.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

  1. #LeaveLOUD and the Evangelical Reckoning
  2. The Cost of Staying Silent
  3. Discipline and Punish: A Guide to Power in American Evangelicalism

Plus one more… the best thing we’ve published in a while on Christian scholarship was Kristin’s lovely tribute to a deceased colleague at Calvin.

Melissa Borja

  1. How Asian American Religious History Changes How We Write American Religious History
  2. “Sanctified Sinophobia” and the Role of Christian Nationalism in Anti-Asian Racism
  3. Asian American Religious Institutions Are Targets of Racist Attacks — And Also Sites of Resistance

Plus one more… speaking of scholarship, Melissa shared a moving reflection on how COVID had changed her approach to her work.

Covers of Jenkins, Fertility and Faith / Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith

Philip Jenkins

  1. America’s Invisible Churches
  2. Go Not Into The Way Of The Gentiles
  3. Cancelling Alice Walker?

Plus one more… what can I say, but that it’s both exciting and humbling to have Philip write a sequel to one of your own posts that significantly improves on the original.

Guest Posts

  1. Josh Hawley, Betsy DeVos, and Abraham Kuyper: A Reckoning (Janel Kragt Bakker)
  2. Not So Groovy, Baby: How Evangelical Sex Advice Got Stuck in the 1970s (Sheila Wray Gregoire)
  3. A lenten meditation on the death of Rush Limbaugh (Tim Gloege)

Plus one more… as our resident amateur sports historian, I was tickled to read from an actual specialist in that field, Hunter Hampton, on the Mormon football coach LaVell Edwards.

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