But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Evangelical History - Apologetic Report
Monday, 08 January 2018 13:28

Alan Jacobs and Augustinian Anthropology

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I recently read my friend and Baylor colleague Alan Jacobs’s erudite and accessible book Original Sin: A Cultural History. This book is a model of the kind of Christian apologetics that might actually reach non-Christians. Humankind’s flawed nature is an intractable problem...

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It has become a standard tenet of evangelical missiology today that missionaries overseas must not impose their extra-biblical cultural values on proselytes or converts. Critics say that missions by definition involves cultural imposition, if not outright imperialism.

There was a time in American...

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I was recently reminded of this older piece from church historian Carl Trueman, and I thought it might be worth reposting an extended quotation on how the church can benefit from historians who take the long view and don’t get caught up in hyperbole and hagiography.

Some years ago, Phyllis...

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James Delbourgo’s A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders: Electricity and Enlightenment in Early America offers a remarkable account of Ebenezer Kinnersley, a Baptist pastor who lost his Philadelphia church position due to his opposition to the Great Awakening. Kinnersley then improbably...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 13:04

The “Jefferson Bible” and a Founder’s Deism

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The “Jefferson Bible,” or “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” is arguably the most controversial religious book produced in the American founding era. The Smithsonian Museum of American History has a remarkable website with a digital reproduction of the whole text,...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:01

Alvin York, Christian Soldier

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Alvin York, arguably the most celebrated American soldier in World War I, was born on December 13, 1887, in a log cabin near Pall Mall, Tennessee. York was devout, having experienced conversion through a Church of Christ in 1914. York considered declaring himself a conscientious objector,...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:42

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening

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Eerdmans has posted the chapter I wrote on Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening, in their recently published Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. In my endorsement for the volume generally, I wrote, “The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia assembles a remarkable cast of Edwards experts,...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 23:59

Religious Liberty and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

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Tomorrow the Supreme Court hears arguments in a critical religious liberty and free speech case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Christians should care about this case because it concerns whether the government can force people to act against their deeply held...

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David Bebbington (University of Stirling) is the foremost historian of British evangelicalism, and for years has occasionally come to Baylor as a visiting professor. He is best known for his “Bebbington quadrilateral,” the four-point definition of evangelicalism, including activism,...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:52

The Original Thanksgiving Menu in the Fall of 1621

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imageYesterday Tommy Kidd provided a helpful overview of the original context for the first Thanksgiving, along with its development through time.

In a review of Robert Tracy McKenzie’s The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History (IVP, 2013), John...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 05:29

A Historian’s 5 Tips on Writing

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Kevin Kruse is professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of two important works in American religious history: White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005) and One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America ...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 20:04

Not All Turkey and Touchdowns

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The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony weren’t the first Europeans to settle in North America, nor were they the first permanent English colonists. But because of our annual celebration of Thanksgiving, and our hazy images of their 1621 meal with Native Americans, the Pilgrims have become the...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 13:52

Opinion Polls and the ‘Evangelical’ Illusion

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Virtually every day some media story tells us what “evangelicals” believe—usually what they believe about some political issue. I have become convinced that many of these stories are simply unreliable. The primary reasons that they are unreliable are (1) the difficulty in getting...

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Evangelist Billy Graham turns 99 years old today.

One fascinating part of Graham’s life is his interactions with the presidents of the United States. He has personally met with 13 of the nation’s 45 presidents—nearly 1 out of 3—dating back to 1950. In other words,...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 08:30

Blaming the Reformation for Secularism?

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Baylor recently hosted a splendid conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with talks by Mark Noll, Bruce Gordon, Beth Allison Barr, and many more. One of the most intriguing talks I attended was by Westminster Seminary’s Carl Trueman, who addressed the work of a trio of...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 10:10

Blaming the Reformation for Secularism?

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Baylor recently hosted a splendid conference on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with talks by Mark Noll, Bruce Gordon, Beth Allison Barr, and many more. One of the most intriguing talks I attended was by Westminster Seminary’s Carl Trueman, who addressed...

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Evangelical Christians have had a longtime fascination with celebrities. The latest example was Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas inviting Fox News host Sean Hannity for an interview at the church on October 22. To be fair, evangelicals may not be any more consumed with celebrity than...

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Written by: Thomas S. Kidd

Evangelical Christians have had a longtime fascination with celebrities. The latest example was Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas inviting Fox News host Sean Hannity for an interview at the church on October 22. To be fair, evangelicals may not be any more consumed...

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Using the very helpful research of Tony Reinke, I recently plotted the major locations of Jonathan Edwards’s life on a Google Map. If you click through, you can zoom in. This plots not only the major towns where Edwards lived, but also tries to zoom in to exact locations, like the house where...

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Written by: Justin Taylor

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Using the very helpful research of Tony Reinke, I recently plotted the major locations of Jonathan Edwards’s life on a Google Map. If you click through, you can zoom in. This plots not only the major towns where Edwards lived, but also tries to zoom in to exact...

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Writing 10 years ago in Books & Culture, David Bebbington suggested that the general consensus regarding the American evangelical story needs revision.

The typical story in his retelling goes something like this:

  1. [I]n the wake of the Great Awakenings, first and second, America was...

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Written by: Justin Taylor

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Writing 10 years ago in Books & Culture, David Bebbington suggested that the general consensus regarding the American evangelical story needs revision.

The typical story in his retelling goes something like this:

  1. [I]n the wake of the Great...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 07:59

Timothy George Lectures on the Reformation

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Bruce Ashford, professor and provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, made the comment the other day that “It would be difficult to identify a scholar who can deliver a better public lecture than Timothy George.”

Dr. George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 21:02

Timothy George Lectures on the Reformation

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Bruce Ashford, professor and provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, made the comment the other days that “It would be difficult to identify a scholar who can deliver a better public lecture than Timothy George.”

Dr. George, dean of Beeson Divinity...

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The Fall 2017 issue of Christian Scholar’s Review features a roundtable with David Hoekema, George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and Alvin Plantinga on “Christian Perspectives on Learning.” With that formidable lineup, this is a discussion of great interest,...

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