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February 14, 2019
The University of Iowa versus Evangelicalism
Over the past two decades, many public and quasi-private institutions of higher education have stripped...
January 31, 2019
Bryan Caplan’s Case against Education
In an era in which politicians like Bernie Sanders talk about making college "free," Bryan...
August 21, 2018
Lena and the Zipline: A Parable of Learning and Courage
What Chris learned about student learning from his six-year old daughter...
August 14, 2018
Why We Teach: Inspiration for the Start of a New School Year
Before the start of another school year, Chris has some words of advice and inspiration...
August 13, 2018
College Parties and Christian Ethics
Can theology fix the college-party scene? In a recent book, College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics,...
June 06, 2018
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship v. Wayne State University
In a masterpiece of a ruling, the Supreme Court this week declared that government employees...
April 11, 2018
Falwell vs. Claiborne: A Report from Lynchburg
What Liberty University and the Red Letter Revival in Virginia can tell us about the...
April 10, 2018
Evangelicals in Lynchburg: A Photo Essay
We recently returned from Lynchburg, Virginia, home of Liberty University and the site of the...
April 03, 2018
4 Questions to Answer Before You Decide on a College
Are you (or your child) trying to decide where to go for college? Chris suggests...
March 16, 2018
On Gratitude and the Christian Liberal Arts
Chris shares his gratitude for the students, parents, and colleagues who make possible his work.
March 13, 2018
The Stevens Point Pathway: How the Liberal Arts Will Die at Christian Colleges
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is planning to eliminate its arts, humanities, and social science...
February 27, 2018
The Legacy of Billy Graham for Evangelical Intellectual Life
Billy Graham was a Christian college student, president, trustee, and benefactor. What's his legacy for...
February 06, 2018
Church History Is the Future of Christian Colleges
A leading historian of evangelicalism thinks that "the study of Church history has ‘a huge...
January 31, 2018
Cultivating Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Efforts to secure white, middle-class respectability are nothing new at Moody Bible Institute.
January 30, 2018
Some Thoughts on “Christian Scholars’ Distribution Problem”
Chris shares some reflections on being a Christian scholar who blogs and podcasts.
January 23, 2018
An Open Letter to Anyone with $75 Million to Give to Christian Colleges
In the wake of Johns Hopkins University announcing a major gift for its philosophy department,...
January 11, 2018
How to Solve Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
On the Anxious Bench we’ve been discussing the continuing need for Christian scholarship, and the...
December 05, 2017
Can Christian Scholarship Thrive in Christian Colleges?
I've often said that I try to approach blogging as "thinking in public." But this...
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 16, 2017
Christian Scholarship, For Such a Time as This
I’ve got to be honest. There was a time, not long ago, when I had...
November 14, 2017
Seeking Truth in a World “With Devils Filled”
Chris ponders the intersection of higher education with a topic to which he rarely gives...
October 12, 2017
Scripture ex materia
Each semester, I teach an introductory course on what my department not very accurately terms...
September 13, 2017
Evangelicals on Campus
"From 1950 until the 1990s," writes Andrew Finstuen in his contribution to Billy Graham: American...
August 01, 2017
Christian Colleges, Sexuality, and “Cultural Waterloo”
I don’t know Carl Trueman or Rod Dreher, but I do know many people who...
July 27, 2017
Who has the power to recalibrate the “Evangelical Paradigm”?
Today we welcome Janine Giordano Drake to the Anxious Bench. Janine is Assistant Professor of History...
May 10, 2017
Why Bother With “Diversity” in Christian Higher Education?
Guest blogger Andrea Turpin reflects on the value of diversity in Christian higher education, as...
May 04, 2017
Fairness for All: A Call for Culture Peacemakers?
For nearly half a century, American Christians have, to greater and lesser degrees, embraced the...
May 02, 2017
The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts
Over the weekend I gave the keynote address for the annual Honors Symposium at Crown College,...
April 27, 2017
Keller and Coulter, Orthodoxy and Heresy
Most of you have no doubt heard about this spring's Kellerite controversy at Princeton Theological...
April 12, 2017
Academic Freedom, Christian Higher Education, and the History of Sexuality
Guest blogger AnneMarie Kooistra reflects on teaching the history of sexuality as a professor at...
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