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

Apologetic Report - Evangelical History
Monday, 20 March 2017 10:23

Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Father

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One of the main arguments of my forthcoming biography of Benjamin Franklin is that Christian relatives and friends left a deeper imprint on the “deist” Franklin than we have previously recognized. I have written here earlier about Franklin’s Calvinist sister Jane, but in this post...

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The recent media buzz that Russell Moore’s job was in jeopardy at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission happily turned out to be much ado about nothing . . . for the moment. Certain SBC churches, including Texas megachurch Prestonwood...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:31

A 2-Minute Introduction to Saint Patrick

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From Timothy Paul Jones’s Christian History Made Easy:

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Today marks the 250th anniversary of President Andrew Jackson’s birth. Jackson, elected to the first of two terms in 1828, has long been known as one of the most powerful presidents in American history. But Jackson’s legacy may have never been so often discussed as in the past several...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:30

A Tribute to Mark Noll, by Nathan Hatch

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Eerdmans has published a new book, releasing later this week, entitled Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism, edited by Heath Carter and Laura Porter. The book was inspired by and is dedicated to one of the great historians of religion in our time, Mark Noll, who recently retired...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:07

Why Are Academic Books So Expensive?

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Many an academic author has had the experience of proudly announcing the publication of his or her new book, only to have some grumpy person ask, “Why is it so expensive?” I’ve certainly had this experience with publications ranging from my...

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Amidst the growing furor over the costs and value of college education, one of the easiest political targets is professors with tenure. The Wall Street Journalrecently noted that

Republican lawmakers have introduced bills for the current legislative sessions to...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 08:20

Jonathan Edwards on Giving God Glory

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One of the most remarkable collections on the internet is the Jonathan Edwards Center‘s digital edition of Edwards’s vast corpus of writings and sermons. Many of these are contained in the published volumes of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, but many remain in manuscript and are only...

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Alister McGrath tells the story in his biography, J. I. Packer: A Biography (London: Hodder and Soughton, 1997; Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997), 24–26.

C. Owen Pickard-Cambridge, formerly a scholar of Balliol College back in the 1880s, was a clergyman of the...

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 16:03

The Faith of George Washington

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No historical subject is more debated today than the role of faith in the American founding. These debates often focus on the faith of the founding fathers: Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison, and George Washington. The debate certainly spurred me toward writing my forthcoming religious biography o...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:30

A Reformation Bibliography

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2017 is the 500th anniversary for the Reformation, built upon (but not limited to) when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church.

Thomas Kidd has already posted a number of recommended books on the Reformation from fellow historians and an interview with Thomas...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:51

What “Revival” Really Means

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Kevin DeYoung hosts a great discussion here with Bryan Chapell and Richard Phillips about what real revival means and how it happens. They emphasize that real revival is only a work of the Spirit, and not something that churches can manufacture through special tactics or jacked-up emotionalism.

Prayi...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:30

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey

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On February 12, 1554, 18-year-old Lady Jane Grey was beheaded after a 9-day reign as Queen of England,

To explain why, we first have to offer an all-too-brief primer on the political background of Tudor England up to this point.

Jane Grey’s grandmother was Mary Tudor, Queen of France and...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:50

What Christians Can Expect from Justice Neil Gorsuch

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Although I and many other evangelicals were in the #NeverTrump camp, few evangelicals or political conservatives are questioning the president’s choice in nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch appears to be an eminently qualified and articulate defender of judicial...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 16:33

The Gilded Age’s Crisis of Immigration

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The early weeks of the Trump presidency have been dominated by discussions of the ethics and propriety of his immigration policies. But Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries faced a flood of immigration that makes today’s issues look modest in comparison. Between 1877 and...

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Eugene Peterson (b. 1932), writing in Books & Culture and reflecting back to the early 1960s:

Although I had been a pastor for a couple of years, I had little interest in theology. It was worse than that. My experience of theology was contaminated by adolescent polemics and...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 03:23

One of the Most Haunting Paragraphs I Have Read

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Since Frederick Douglass is in the news these days—with President Trump calling him “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice”—I thought I’d share a haunting paragraph from Narrative of the Life...

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Ronald Numbers grew up as the son of a fundamentalist Seventh-Day Adventist minister, attending Adventist schools and being taught young-earth creationism until adulthood, where he lost his faith and became an agnostic. Today he is perhaps the world’s leading scholar on the history of the...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 16:04

Appalachian Seashells and The Age of the Earth

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In the era of the American Revolution, intellectual topics like seashell fossils, the Genesis flood, and the age of the earth were all the rage. In December 1778, as the British prepared an invasion of Savannah, Georgia, seniors at Yale College held a debate on whether the flood had been global, or...

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The “eugenics” movement, which sought to protect and improve hereditary racial stock, was phenomenally popular in early 20th century America, and it has an important connection to today’s pro-abortion movement. Thomas C. Leonard explains eugenics in his 2016 book Illiberal...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 16:32

The Best Books to Read for Reformation 2017

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This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, symbolically inaugurated by Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517. There are many events scheduled in Europe and America to commemorate the Reformation. [It is the theme of The Gospel Coalition’s national...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:48

Reading the Bible with Jonathan Edwards

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imageDouglas Sweeney—Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Chair of the Department, and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School—has published widely on Edwards, early modern Protestant thought, and the history of...

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In today’s post, I am interviewing historian Paul Harvey of the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Harvey is one of America’s most distinguished historians of religion and race, and is the author of a new book, Bounds of Their Habitation: Race and Religion in American...

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Sunday, 15 January 2017 16:01

Reading King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

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If Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Had a Dream” speech (August 28, 1963) was the visionary sermon of the Civil Rights Movement, his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was its epistolatory defense.

On April 12, 1963—Good Friday—an open letter had...

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Today’s guest post is from Daniel L. Dreisbach, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C.  He has authored or edited 10 books, includingReading the Bible with the Founding Fathers (Oxford University Press, 2017), from which this article is adapted.  You can follow...

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