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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...
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...
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...
May 31, 2018
The Reinvention of “Evangelical” in American History: A Linguistic Analysis
by Hannah Butler and Kristin Du Mez Scan the headlines, and it seems that everywhere...
April 19, 2018
Christianity and Evangelicalism
As prominent evangelical leaders gather this week at Wheaton, IL, to discuss how the Trump...
April 05, 2018
Will Beth Moore Help Save Evangelicalism?
"Lord, I repent of ways I've been complicit in & contributed to misogyny & sexism...
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 21, 2018
Paul on Women: A Modern Obsession?
On August 4, 2009, John Piper, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, former pastor of...
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
December 19, 2017
Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for History Buffs
Still trying to find a Christmas gift for the history buff in your life? Chris...
November 28, 2017
Do Evangelicals Share a Common Story?
Is evangelical identity based on a shared story, a religious version of a national narrative?
October 17, 2017
Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians
With the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses at hand, Chris looks back to...
July 28, 2016
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, By Their Words
by Katelyn Guichelaar and Kristin Du Mez The national party conventions of the past two...
June 20, 2016
Summer Reading List of American Protestant History
Interested in the history of American Protestantism? A few summer reading suggestions...
June 09, 2016
The Future of American Evangelicalism
Nearly twenty years ago, Christian Smith assessed American evangelicalism as "embattled but thriving." Nowadays, just...
March 16, 2016
The End of American Evangelicalism
One of the big surprises of 2016 is the extent of evangelical support for Donald...
July 28, 2015
Reports of Evangelicalism’s Demise Are Overblown
This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Evangelicalism....
May 07, 2015
Recently, Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God has generated considerable attention for its claims about...
April 22, 2015
Journal Full of Joy
Of the reading of journals, there is no end, and yet much reading of them...
April 09, 2015
Headship and Abuse
Today's guest post is from Kristin du Mez, Associate Professor of History at Calvin College....
January 15, 2015
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January 14, 2015
The Unintended Consequences of Evangelical Cooperation
Last year, Crossway announced the publication of David Wells’ God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of...
November 19, 2014
Evangelicalism and Ecclesiology: ETS 2014
Today through Friday, I am in San Diego, CA, attending the 66th Annual Meeting of...
September 16, 2014
The New Birth: A Uniquely American Concept?
Last week at CNN.com, progressive Christian author Matthew Paul Turner wrote a piece about the...
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The National Football League (NFL) playoffs begin this weekend. Over the next several weeks, twelve...
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Evangelicals and White Supremacy
Carolyn Renée Dupont's Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975 is...
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Campus Ministry, Race, and Affirmative Action
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