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November 28, 2017
Do Evangelicals Share a Common Story?
Is evangelical identity based on a shared story, a religious version of a national narrative?
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...
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 13, 2017
Christian Colleges Meet Trump’s America
I received much feedback from a piece I wrote for Inside Higher Ed. So, permit...
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 17, 2016
The Anxious Bench at the Conference on Faith and History
Where you can hear Anxious Bench contributors at next month's 30th biennial meeting of the...
July 21, 2016
How Donald Trump Is Prompting a Debate about the Practice of History
Should historians be taking sides in the 2016 election? Does our discipline give us any...
June 21, 2016
Religious Freedom: The Contested Core of Baptist Identity
Like mosques today, school prayer once caused Baptists to debate religious freedom
June 07, 2016
Changes at the Bench
The Anxious Bench began its life as a blog some four years ago. Since then, we've published...
May 31, 2016
“Ask Jesus into Your Heart”: A History of the Sinner’s Prayer
[This week’s post comes from my Patheos archives.] Many an evangelical pastor has concluded a...
May 24, 2016
Martin Luther King and the History of Religious Extremism
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" would make it on my list of...
May 17, 2016
Reassessing the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was the most provocative Patriot action before the start...
May 03, 2016
The Stunning Statistics of the Slave Trade
One of the most surprising revelations to me during my research for my new book...
April 19, 2016
The GOP Race: Is Ted Cruz Our Best Option?
When we were in St. Andrews, Scotland for the Spring 2015 semester, I remember our...
April 12, 2016
Back in 2012, when Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, many disappointed supporters – including...
March 31, 2016
American Colonial History
In today's post I am talking with fellow Anxious Bench blogger, Baylor University historian, and...
March 29, 2016
Who Is the Mormon Jesus?
In today's post I am talking with Anxious Bench blogger and George Mason professor John...
March 22, 2016
The Bible: Mass Distribution and Massive Ignorance?
Over at the Weekly Standard I reviewed John Fea's excellent new history of the American Bible...
March 15, 2016
Should You Apply to Graduate School?
Late spring is a good time for potential applicants to start thinking about applying to...
March 08, 2016
American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths
My new Yale University Press book American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths is 'in stock'...
March 01, 2016
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation
For professors, writing letters of recommendation is a constant part of the job. Wise undergraduate...
February 23, 2016
The Constitution “Divinely Inspired”? Ben Franklin Answers
Last week I posted about a Ted Cruz rally at which Glenn Beck argued that the...
February 09, 2016
Why the Founding Fathers Spoke the King James Bible
One of the besetting problems of "Christian America" history writing is that it often interprets...
January 26, 2016
How Much Do You Need To Read Before Writing?
A reader and friend asked me recently about a key issue in the writing process:...
January 19, 2016
How Not to Market a Book
John Turner had an excellent post last week on book marketing for academics. I have...
January 12, 2016
Why I Joined Marco Rubio’s Religious Liberty Advisory Board
Many of you have heard that I have joined Senator Marco Rubio's Religious Liberty Advisory...
January 05, 2016
Donald Trump and the Crisis of American Populism
In the 1960s William F. Buckley famously quipped that he'd rather be governed by the...
December 22, 2015
Christmas in 1776
From the Patheos archive: ‘Tis the season to argue about religion. Or more specifically, to...
December 15, 2015
Top Five Books on Benjamin Franklin
What are the best books on the ever-fascinating founder Benjamin Franklin? As I have been...
December 08, 2015
Ben Franklin, Anti-Catholicism, and the Founding of the University of Pennsylvania
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