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

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The following is a guest post by Stephen Brett Eccher (PhD, University of St. Andrews; Reformation Studies Institute), assistant professor of church history and Reformation studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Stephen is married to Cara (20 years),...

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This is a guest post from Rev. Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina.

On December 31, 2019, health officials from China alerted the World Health Organization of a new pattern of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan which they had never seen previously. By...

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Saturday, 07 March 2020 06:26

Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer (1950-2020)

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Today’s guest post is a reflection on the life and work of Edith Blumhofer, by Mark Hutchinson, professor of history and dean of the faculty of business, arts, social sciences, and education at Alphacrucis College in Australia.

History is made by unexpected people in unexpected places. It is a...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 13:25

Why Are There So Few Christians in Academia?

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Why are Christians – especially evangelical Christians – underrepresented on college faculties? The question itself is controversial. My Baylor colleague George Yancey has argued that he is more likely to experience discrimination in academia for being an evangelical than for being an...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 13:01

New and Notable Books – Winter 2020

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Here’s my latest edition of New and Notable Books. As a reminder, these suggestions focus on recent books in history, especially American history and religious history. These books certainly may interest fellow historians, but I also try to suggest ones that are accessible and (somewhat)...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 23:25

The Roots of Today’s Evangelical Crisis

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From my article at Desiring God:

Where did today’s evangelical crisis come from? The crisis did not result from evangelicals just becoming political, as evangelicals have been more or less politically involved since the Great Awakening of the 1740s. And it can’t just be that evangelicals...

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I have written regularly about avoiding bogus quotes on the internet, but there’s a related challenge: discovering the actual origins of phrases and quotes you’re researching. Especially when you’re dealing with material in the English language before the 1960s, you are likely to...

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On April 12, 1963—Good Friday—a 428-word open letter appeared in the Birmingham, Alabama, newspaper calling for unity and protesting the recent Civil Rights demonstrations in Birmingham.

We the undersigned clergymen are among those who, in January, issued “an appeal for law and...

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From Paul Mozur and Ian Johnson, at The New York Times:

A secretive Chinese court sentenced one of the country’s best-known Christian voices and founder of one of its largest underground churches to nine years in prison for subversion of state power and illegal business operations, according...

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Believe it or not, I get contacted regularly by reporters trying to confirm alleged quotes from the Founding Fathers. One recently asked me about the oft-cited quote, supposedly from Ben Franklin, that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” It sounds like something...

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Christianity Today released its annual books-of-the-year awards this week. Evangelical History readers might be interested in the winners for the category of history and biography.

Their overall winner was Kathryn Long’s God in the Rainforest: A Tale of Martyrdom and Redemption in...

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Evangelicals have always had a complicated relationship with the graves and relics of their heroes. On one hand, the heritage of the Reformation made them wary of Catholic excesses regarding religious devotions and relics. On the other, evangelical heroes including George Whitefield and Jonathan...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 13:03

New and Notable Books – Fall 2019

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Here’s my latest edition of New and Notable Books. As a reminder, these are suggestions focused on fairly recent books in American history and religious history. These books certainly may be of interest to fellow historians, but I also try to suggest ones that are accessible and (somewhat)...

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Mark David Hall—the Herbert Hoover distinguished professor of politics and faculty fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University—is swimming against a certain scholarly stream in his new book, Did America Have a Christian Founding? Separating Modern Myth from...

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My colleague Samuel James—associate acquisitions editor at Crossway and the proprietor of the Letters and Liturgy blog—sits down with Thomas Kidd to discuss his book, Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019).

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 14:28

The Art of the Book Review

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Writers who publish books will find their books subjected to reviews. Although good book reviews are enormously helpful for keeping up with what’s happening in one’s field, for individual authors they can be frustrating, perplexing, and even paralyzing. Negative reviews can send writers...

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The question raised by my new book, Who Is an Evangelical?, is a historical as much as a contemporary one. One of the most obvious changes to the term historically is that until the 1800s, “evangelical” was almost always used as an adjective, not a noun, as in “evangelical...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 03:12

Why Patriots Really Fought the American Revolution

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In 1843, a 21-year-old Dartmouth student named Mellen Chamberlain was doing research on the American War for Independence.

He had the opportunity to interview a survivor of the initial battles of Lexington and Concord, 91-year-old Captain Levi Preston of Danvers.

The young scholar wanted to know the...

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Thomas Kidd’s Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019) is now available.
Here is what others are saying about it:
“Kidd makes a persuasive case for returning the term ‘evangelical’ to the religious convictions that once...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:27

The Best Biographies of William Wilberforce

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Today’s post is by Michael Morgan (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). Michael is researching a PhD on Wilberforce and the clergy at the University of Leicester, under the supervision of Professor John Coffey. He works for William Tennent School of Theology (williamtennent.org)...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 14:49

Jonathan Edwards, Mentor

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In this post I am interviewing Rhys Bezzant about his new book, Edwards the Mentor (Oxford University Press). Bezzant has served as an ordained priest in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and presently teaches church history at Ridley College, where he directs the Jonathan Edwards Center...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 14:22

Five Great Books on Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was no evangelical, but he is of great interest to many evangelicals, just as all the major Founding Fathers are. I am in the midst of research and writing for a moral biography of Jefferson, which has given me a chance to catch up on the vast literature on him. Here are five...

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In late August 1619, a shipment of “20 and odd Negroes” arrived on a ship to Virginia. They were not the first Africans in Virginia, but this human cargo is widely viewed as the beginning of slavery in the English colonies. This symbolic moment reverberated through the Civil War, the...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 14:52

New and Notable Books – Summer 2019

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This is the inaugural post of a series of occasional lists I plan to compile, to highlight new or forthcoming books in American religious history or the history of colonial/Revolutionary America.

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In this post I am interviewing Darren Dochuk, author of the new book Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America (Basic Books, 2019). Dochuk is associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, and a longtime friend of mine dating back to our PhD program at Notre...

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