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December 05, 2018
The Bushes and the Religious Right
At this fleeting moment of civil (in two senses of the word) religion while Americans...
November 15, 2018
Refugee Politics and a Tale of Two Thanksgivings
Nearly forty years ago, a minister, a rabbi, and two priests went to the White...
November 07, 2018
The Evangelical Party
As Watergate smolders, a Bible college student proposes an evangelical political party.
November 01, 2018
Why is Fear an Evangelical Habit of Mind?
This past weekend, a man entered a Pittsburgh synagogue and massacred 11 people gathered for...
October 18, 2018
Public Charge Rules Aren’t Just About “Self-Sufficiency”
Throughout U.S. history, “public charge” rules have been a powerful instrument of excluding immigrants on...
October 04, 2018
Evangelicals, Let’s Talk About Violence Against Women
So, it turns out close to half of all white evangelicals think Brett Kavanaugh should...
September 06, 2018
Hobby Lobby Evangelicalism
Is evangelicalism a political movement? There’s been a lot of talk about how to define...
August 09, 2018
Evangelicalism is an Imagined Religious Community
Perhaps you’ve heard. One month ago, evangelical women “hit pause” on the culture wars. It...
August 01, 2018
Carter’s malaise speech still matters four decades later
Nearly 40 years ago, on July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter went on national television...
July 12, 2018
Biblical Porn: Mark Driscoll’s Evangelical Empire
Feminist anthropologist Jessica Johnson has just published a fascinating study, Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and...
June 20, 2018
The Religious Left in Modern America
I’m pleased to welcome Doug Rossinow, a professor of history at the University of Oslo,...
May 03, 2018
Poisonous History and Its Antidote: Christian Nationalism, Black History, and New Beginnings
On April 26, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, opened its...
April 12, 2018
The Politics of “Christianity”: An Interview with Matthew Bowman
Matthew Bowman is a historian whose work ranges widely over the intersection of religion, politics,...
March 30, 2018
Porn and the American Presidency
In 1976, many evangelical supporters of Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter were disillusioned when the presidential...
March 22, 2018
Defining Evangelicalism and the Problem of Whiteness
Do you approve of the way Trump is handling his job as President? If you’re...
February 08, 2018
Forgiveness or Hypocrisy? Evangelicals, Abuse, and the Witness of Rachael Denhollander
Access Hollywood. Roy Moore. Stormy Daniels. The cast of characters may shift from one scandal...
February 01, 2018
Why Evangelicals Stick with President Trump
I chafe a bit at the suggestion that there are no legitimate or understandable reasons...
January 18, 2018
From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, I have deeply disliked...
December 14, 2017
Can “Evangelicalism” Survive Trump?
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Wells announced that he would like to resign as an...
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
October 05, 2017
Race Hatred, the Crime of the Age, and the Impotency of Christianity
It was the morning of October 16, 1893. The day dawned bright and frosty, and...
June 29, 2017
The Democrats Have a Religion Problem. But They’re Not the Only Ones.
So, you’ve probably heard by now: The Democrats have a religion problem. Historian Daniel K....
June 22, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Evangelical Bigot?
Senator Bernie Sanders opposed the nomination of Russell Vought as deputy director of the Office...
June 15, 2017
Time for Kierkegaard
Summer is here. For academics, that means there just might be time to pick up...
June 01, 2017
Slow Cooking: The College Classroom and American Civic Life
Today we welcome Will Katerberg to the Anxious Bench. Will is Professor of History at...
March 23, 2017
A Golden Age for Christian Colleges?
Are Christian colleges uniquely positioned to revitalize our nation’s intellectual life and contribute to cultural...
March 15, 2017
Donald Trump Did Not Win an Election on November 8, 2016
Donald Trump did not win an election on November 8, 2016 — he won 30...
February 09, 2017
Heroes of the Faith: True, but not Accurate
Today at the Anxious Bench we welcome Bruce Berglund, professor of history at Calvin College. He...
January 26, 2017
Praying for the Best and Preparing for the Worst
Today we welcome Jonathan Couser to the Anxious Bench. Jonathan received an M.Div. from Yale Divinity...
January 18, 2017
Mandates from the Masses and the Call to Courageous Christian Scholarship
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