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December 24, 2018
The Great War’s Christmas Memorial
Why Chris' favorite World War I memorial is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols...
December 18, 2018
They Shall Not Grow Old: WWI According to Peter Jackson
Chris reviews the stunning new World War I documentary by Peter Jackson, a filmmaker better...
December 11, 2018
The Past As It Should Have Happened
Historians often say that they study the past "as it actually happened." But they can't...
November 24, 2018
World War I and Christ the King Sunday
Why Christ the King Sunday is a religious legacy of World War I and its...
November 11, 2018
100 Years After The Great War: “The Sheep That Were Not Fed”
On this 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Chris reflects on the...
November 09, 2018
1918: Did the War End Too Soon?
Did the First World War end too soon? At first sight, such a question might...
October 26, 2018
The Last Days of Mankind
We are presently commemorating the centennial of the end of the First World War, and...
September 04, 2018
Poetry of the Air
Since the dawn of aviation, certain pilots have turned to poetry to express the inexpressible...
August 28, 2018
The Smell of History
What does the past smell like? Chris shares a couple of historically evocative aromas from...
November 11, 2017
4 Memorials for Remembrance Day
In honor of what most of the English-speaking world observes as Remembrance Day, Chris shares...
September 26, 2017
A (Brief) Religious History of the Star-Spangled Banner
Controversy is nothing new to America's national anthem. Historically, Christians have been among its staunchest...
July 11, 2017
Christian Responses to Lindbergh: “The New Christ”
How did Christians respond to the advent of Charles Lindbergh, called "the New Christ" by...
May 09, 2017
Teaching as an Act of Wonder
Teaching as an act of wonder: wondering at, wondering if, wondering while, wondering with, and...
May 02, 2017
The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts
Over the weekend I gave the keynote address for the annual Honors Symposium at Crown College,...
April 24, 2017
Remembering the Armenian Genocide
In the middle of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in the...
April 11, 2017
Billy Sunday vs. Kaiser Wilhelm the Mephistopheles
As the U.S. enters the centenary of its entry into World War I, a look...
March 21, 2017
Great Movies About The Great War
Five great films about World War I to help you mark the war's ongoing centenary.
March 11, 2017
Faith in the Foxholes: Christianity and the World Wars
The newest issue of Christian History Magazine explores the effects of the two world wars...
February 14, 2017
When Religious Biography Is Not Hagiography: Woodrow Wilson
A new book on Woodrow Wilson illustrates that religious biography need not be hagiography.
January 24, 2017
On Faith, Resistance, and Self-Sacrifice
Chris tells the story of the White Rose anti-Nazi resistance, with an eye to some...
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 17, 2017
Seeking God in The Holocaust
A new book helps us understand how Europeans on both sides of World War II...
January 10, 2017
Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of War
Two of the most famous British veterans of World War I were C.S. Lewis and...
January 03, 2017
Teaching the Great War Where It Was Fought
"You have the best job." So said an acquaintance at the Minnesota Historical Society earlier...
December 10, 2016
The Problems of Writing Biography (Part 3 – Evidence and Imagination)
Why historians and biographers must often tell stories imaginatively, on the basis of relatively little...
December 06, 2016
The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth and History
On December 24-25, 1914, soldiers on both sides of World War I put down their...
November 10, 2016
Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism: Hacksaw Ridge and Adventism
The new Mel Gibson movie Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of a WWII medic named...
October 18, 2016
The Bonhoeffer Effect, “Unpleasant Parallels,” and the 2016 Election
Christians on both sides of the 2016 election invoke the heroic example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,...
July 22, 2014
Christianity, Violence, and World War I
Our friends at Religion News Service have an excellent profile of two of the best...
April 29, 2014
An Interview with Philip Jenkins on The Great and Holy War
My Baylor colleague and fellow Anxious Bench blogger Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and...
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