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January 15, 2019
12 Books by Women You Should Read This Year
An Anxious Bench book club: 12 books by - and mostly about - women that...
January 26, 2018
Slavery, Euphemism, and the New Testament
Translation is a difficult and devious process. You can render the individual words used perfectly...
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...
April 28, 2017
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April 21, 2017
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I recently had a DNA test to help trace my ancestry, and the result surprised...
February 06, 2017
Spreading the Faith: Daniel Syndrome
Another in a series of posts about the many and various ways in which religions...
January 09, 2017
Branching Paths and Alternate Histories
I have long valued Rick Perlstein as an excellent scholar of recent American history, chiefly...
December 20, 2016
Adventures in Parenting as a Historian: The American Girl Books
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October 23, 2016
Highlights from the 2016 Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History
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Mormons, Race, and Slavery
In the middle of 1870, Scipio Africanus Kenner feared losing the girl he loved. For...
January 15, 2015
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How Violent Was American Slavery? Colonial Slave Codes
Last week I wrote about the challenges colonial American missionaries faced when trying to evangelize...
July 29, 2014
Evangelizing Slaves and Colonial Christianity
I recently read Travis Glasson's excellent book Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic...
June 24, 2014
Runaway Slave Ads and the Violence of Slavery
In research for my colonial America book, I recently came across a runaway slave ad...
February 18, 2014
Recovering Lemuel Haynes: Patriot Hero, African American Pastor
When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, the implications of "all men are created...
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Slavery: America’s Original Sin?
[This week's post is from my archives at Patheos.] The Smithsonian's National Museum of American...
March 31, 2013
I have been writing on some quite diverse topics recently, including “faith on the borderlands,”...
January 09, 2013
The Evangelical Impulse Behind the Abolition of Slavery
Did you get a chance to watch The Abolitionists last night on PBS? If you...
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The “Regulated Freedom” of James Henley Thornwell, Antebellum Southern Presbyterian
Sunday was the 200th birthday of James Henley Thornwell, the South Carolina Presbyterian pastor and...
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Slavery, Historical Heroes, and “Precious Puritans”
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