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January 16, 2019
“Joe Brown, Joe Brown, He’s a Mean White Man”: Southern Baptist Seminary and the Convict-Lease System
An evangelical seminary tries to reckon with its history of white supremacy
November 21, 2018
Why Kids in Kentucky Didn’t Dress Up as Pilgrims after the Civil War
And how is it that my own children now celebrate Thanksgiving in their Jessamine County...
November 20, 2018
Engaging Empathy, Disgust, and Lament
Guest blogger Karen Johnson reflects on the role of empathy, disgust, and lament in the...
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 09, 2018
Highlights from the 2018 Conference on Faith and History
Days after returning from Grand Rapids, I'm still digesting all the speeches, papers, and conversations...
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...
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 04, 2018
April 4, 50 Years Out
Fifty years. Fifty years since the shot rang out. Since Martin Luther King Jr. was...
March 14, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time and the Gospel of the Third Way
If Madeleine L’Engle’s portrayal of communism as the evil "other" was not unusual, her antidote...
March 08, 2018
Is It Time to Put Away “the Prophetic”?
A few weeks back, evangelical theologian Richard Mouw explained over at Religion News Service why...
February 28, 2018
Black Fundamentalists and Moody Bible Institute
How black fundamentalists responded to Moody Bible Institute's accommodation to racial segregation
February 14, 2018
Race and Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute’s pursuit of middle-class respectability led away from a soft racial egalitarianism toward...
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...
September 07, 2017
The Roots of a Public Housing Crisis in Cairo, Illinois
We are joined today at the Anxious Bench by Kerry Pimblott, author of Faith in...
August 30, 2017
A Highly Trained Nonviolent Peacekeeping Force
The Mennonites behind the Clergy Protests in Charlottesville
August 26, 2017
Christian Scholars on Racism in America Today
Dozens of Christian historians and other scholars have signed an open letter condemning racism, co-written...
July 13, 2017
Recalibrating the “Evangelical Paradigm”
A growing body of evidence points to a pitched battle between evangelical and churchly Protestants...
March 09, 2017
Betsy DeVos, HBCUs, and the History of Christian Higher Education
Thinking about Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' advocacy of school choice in light of the...
February 15, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Sandra Bullock, and the Historical Cost of School Choice
How a popular Hollywood movie celebrates the potential benefits of school choice, but obscures the...
October 23, 2016
Highlights from the 2016 Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History
Race, gender, identity... and Donald Trump. Revisiting the 2016 meeting of the Conference on Faith...
September 15, 2016
Black Church, White Jesus
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. When I was twenty...
August 25, 2016
History, Empathy, and Race in America
In the white paper “Measuring College Learning in History” (a surprisingly good read as far...
January 20, 2016
The Global Context of InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter
Part of InterVarsity’s response to the #BlackLivesMatter controversy has been entirely predictable. In part, the...
January 06, 2016
InterVarsity and #BlackLivesMatter in Historical Perspective
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December 03, 2015
Woodrow Wilson, Race, and the Depravity of Human Nature
Today's guest post comes from Dr. Barry Hankins, professor of history at Baylor University. His religious...
October 08, 2015
Playing Mormon, Playing Indian
In 1869, Lucy Stanton Bassett traveled from New York to Utah, possibly riding on the...
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Race and American Christianity
Jesus and I were the only white people in the room. After my freshman year...
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Doing Bad to Do Good: Carter’s Race-Baiting Election of 1970
In 1970 Jimmy Carter ran a sordid campaign for governor of Georgia. Courting the support...
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Mormons, Race, and Slavery
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