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January 03, 2019
Mitt Romney and Mormon Studies
Mitt Romney has done more than just about anyone else (save my Doktorvater) for my...
November 29, 2018
If Trump were a Democrat: A Fantasy
Today we welcome George Marsden back to the Anxious Bench. One of the preeminent historians...
September 25, 2018
The Niemöller Moment for American Christians
American evangelicals and other Trump supporters have already wasted their "Bonhoeffer moment," argues Chris. But...
September 02, 2018
The Deadest Orthodoxy of American Evangelicalism
Over the weekend, Twitter has hosted a debate about the resurrection — a belief that many...
August 30, 2018
Evangelicalism: A Political Movement?
John Fea, in what has become a must-read age-of-Trump blog about American religion, quotes from...
July 31, 2018
Loving America Under Its “Least Patriotic President”
Chris suggests "what a Christian patriotism might look like under a president whose love of...
July 26, 2018
Don’t Just Change Refugee Policy—Change the People in the Pews
Melissa argues that Christians outraged by the current family separation crisis need to transform government policies—but...
June 19, 2018
Believe Me… You Should Read John Fea’s Book on Evangelical Support for Donald Trump
Chris reviews Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, in which John Fea explains...
June 14, 2018
There Was No Good Biblical Reason to Give Mike Pence the SBC Stage
New Testament passages about honoring and praying for secular authorities, argues Chris, shouldn't have led...
May 29, 2018
The Plot Against America
A week after Philip Roth died, Chris considers his novel, The Plot Against America, in...
May 08, 2018
Why Beth Moore’s Letter Makes Me Hopeful
Chris reflects on the significance of Beth Moore as an emerging leader of evangelicalism in...
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...
December 28, 2017
The Anxious Bench Year in Review: 2017
From evangelicalism to Trump to #MeToo... the 25 most-read Anxious Bench posts of 2017
November 30, 2017
Christian Scholarship’s Distribution Problem
Today’s guest post comes from Raully Donahue. Donahue took a PhD in European history...
November 28, 2017
Do Evangelicals Share a Common Story?
Is evangelical identity based on a shared story, a religious version of a national narrative?
June 30, 2017
The Anxious Bench Half-Year in Review
Presenting our most popular posts halfway into a turbulent 2017. (Plus a few you might...
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....
May 11, 2017
The End of American Evangelicalism
Amid the semester's end, the following is adapted and slightly updated from the Anxious Bench archives... One...
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 01, 2017
A Report from the Women’s March on Washington
Guest blogger Mandy McMichael reflects on her participation in the Women's March on Washington in...
January 31, 2017
“…Not Hitler, But Still Kinda Like Hitler”
Should historians consider analogies between Donald Trump and fascist leaders like Adolf Hitler? While the...
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 21, 2017
I Do Not Owe “Total Allegiance” to America
In his inaugural address, Donald Trump exhorted "total allegiance" to the U.S.A. That's not a...
January 18, 2017
Mandates from the Masses and the Call to Courageous Christian Scholarship
Today's guest post comes to us from Scott Culpepper, Associate Professor of History at Dordt...
November 23, 2016
Around eighteen years ago, my wife and I drove out into the countryside beyond Louisville...
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Decision Day: An Open Letter on Faith, Hope, Love, and the 2016 Election
While I normally enjoy my Tuesday spot in the Anxious Bench rotation, it did leave...
October 26, 2016
Homeless: The Evangelical Left in 2016
2016 would appear to be the perfect moment to launch a revitalized evangelical left. Donald...
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The Bonhoeffer Effect, “Unpleasant Parallels,” and the 2016 Election
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