Don’t be confused by the title, we are not talking about the spooky family from the 1960s. Rather, in this episode, we turn to the religious history of one of America’s founding families. By focusing on the Adams family, one […]
Check out journalist Joanna Piacenza piece at Morning Consult. According to a Morning Consult poll, most white evangelicals think that Trump’s signing of Bibles at an Alabama Baptist church earlier this month was “inappropriate.” U.S. adults, Republicans, Christians, white Catholics, […]
Over at The Washington Post, Kimberly Winston teaches us that much of the pageantry we are seeing surrounding the death of George H.W. Bush has deep spiritual roots. Here is a taste of her piece: “The need to create meaningful rituals […]
Kathy Sprows Cummings is a historian of American Catholicism, the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, and a Catholic who was raised in Pennsylvania. She brings all of this expertise and experience […]
Sarah McCammon reports. I was happy to help with the story. Listen here.
Over at his blog at Religion News Service, Trinity College professor Mark Silk reminds us what happened this month as it relates to the #MeToo era: The elders of Willow Creek apologized for casting doubt on women’s allegations of sexual misconduct on […]
Except for the sound of the stove.
This looks like a great symposium.
The Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at IUPUI has announced the 2018 class of “Young Scholars in American Religion.” They are: Joseph Blankholm Melissa Borja Christopher Cantwell Matthew Cressler Sarah Dees Jamil Drake Katharine Gerbner Samira […]
On the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, The Washington Post asked a diverse group of faith leaders the following question: “What do you think needs reforming in the practice of religion in the United States today?” Here is a taste: […]
In the movie “Concussion,” Dr. Bennett Omalu, the medical researcher who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopahty (CTE) in the brains of deceased NFL players, is told that he is going to war with a corporation that “owns a day of the […]
Donald Mathews is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This interview is based on his new book At the Altar of Lynching: Burning Sam Hose in the American South (Cambridge University Press, 2017). JF: What […]
Joseph Locke is Associate Professor of American History at the University of Houston-Victoria. This interview is based on his new book, Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion (Oxford University Press, 2017). JF: What led […]
According to a recent study by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, half of all Americans pray before meals. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Julie Zauzmer, and Emily Guskin tell us more at The Post: A new poll by The Washington Post […]
If so, you need some historical context. Check out Chris Gehrz’s “A Brief History of Vacation Bible School” at The Anxious Bench.” Here is a taste: In his 1964 history of Christian education, Wheaton education professor C.B. Eavey traced the […]
In October 2017, Joel Baden and Candida Moss will publish Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby (Princeton University Press). Here is the publisher’s description: Like many evangelical Christians, the Green family of Oklahoma City believes that America was founded […]
Jenna Weissman Joselit is Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History at George Washington University. This interview is based on her new book Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments (Oxford University Press, 2017). JF: […]
William Harrison Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Alabama State University. This interview is based on his new book Unity in Christ and Country: Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758-1801 (University of Alabama Press, 2017). JF: What led you to write […]
I was honored when Jon Butler asked me to write the essay on “Protestant in America” for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. The piece is now online. You can read it here. [vimeo 75311382 w=640 h=360]
Duke Divinity School historian Kate Bowler asks this question at Faith and Leadership blog. Here is a taste of her piece: No one seems to call anyone famous in the mainline church. As a historian of the largest churches and […]