Imagining the Past: Creating Monuments and Memory in Late Antiquity

August 22nd, 2014

by Tara Baldrick-Morrone I was preparing to write a post for the ASCH blog that discussed my recent research on the cult of the saints during the late fourth-century papacy of Damasus (366–384) when a New York Times op-ed released on Tuesday caught my attention. In “Why Our Monuments Matter,” the author, Nikos Konstandaras, seeks

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Upon Further Review: Miller’s The Religious Roots of the First Amendment

August 19th, 2014

This marks the first post in a new series, “Upon Further Review.” This series uses recent book reviews in Church History to think through broad questions in the study of the cultural history of Christianity. These are not “reviews of reviews.” Instead, they reflect the ongoing discussion around new books and new ideas in our field. Jeffrey Wheatley, a

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Recovering Previously Unheard Voices: Native Americans Pentecostals in the Assemblies of God

August 18th, 2014

By Angela Tarango In my recent book Choosing the Jesus Way: American Indian Pentecostals and the Fight for the Indigenous Principle (UNC Press, 2014) I show how Native American Pentecostals took the Assemblies of God’s theology of missions, the indigenous principle, and transformed it into a tool that they used to critique the denomination’s treatment

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Bringing Religion to the Frontier

August 15th, 2014

by Andy McKee In a speech given on May 26, 1826, titled “An Address to the Whites” Elias Boudinot, a Cherokee by birth, addressed First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia to raise funds for missionary activities in the southern United States. In it, he raised questions of race and religion to the community “What is an

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An ASCH Member Heads to Washington: Ben Sasse and the Christian Right

August 13th, 2014

by Paul Putz Although I now reside in Texas, I’m a Nebraskan born and bred, constantly looking for any and all opportunities to discuss my home state. To that end, the Nebraska Senate race this year has been quite a boon. It’s not that the race is exciting – far from it. Ben Sasse, the

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Church History – September 2014

August 12th, 2014

  The September 2014 issue of Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture is now online. You may view the issue by clicking here. This issue features articles by Daniel J. Nodes, Simone Maghenzani, Elizabeth Bouldin, Newton Key, Zachary Purvis, and Carl R. Weinberg.      

The Second Century, Hobby Lobby, and the Invention of Christianity

August 11th, 2014

Today we begin featuring regular dispatches from a group of monthly contributors. These contributors approach the cultural history of Christianity from a variety of research interests, reflecting the diverse membership and interests of the Society. I look forward to the conversation in the comments and on social media. If you’re interested in writing for the blog, please

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The Big Picture: Eighteenth-century Evangelical Doctrines and English Culture

August 4th, 2014

By Charles Wallace Bruce Hindmarsh’s recent delightfully wise afterword in the ASCH blog recalls for us his presidential address, delivered this past January in Washington and now expanded in Church History’s June number. His careful research and graceful presentation, both in the room and in the journal, deserve our admiration. In effect, he has put

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The Story Behind the Picture

July 8th, 2014

By: Bruce Hindmarsh

My presidential address in January, “The Inner Life of Doctrine: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Among Methodists,” is published this month in Church History, but it began several years ago on a padded bench in Henry E. Huntington’s villa in San Marino, California.

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New Books in Religious History: Hudnut-Beumler’s In Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar

July 1st, 2014

By: James Hudnut-Beumler

The editors asked me to contribute to this author’s feature, which focuses on recent books in religious history and their back-stories, so to speak. The book that they had in mind was my In Pursuit of the Almighty’s Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism. They indicated that I could write about how the book came to be written, the books that didn’t get written out of the research conducted, and any unplowed fields that I might have found along the way available to other scholars, or some combination of these themes. I accepted the challenge because I have always been interested in other’s “book stories” and because this book, my fourth, had emerged from the greatest forest of possibilities to-date and hence seemed worth writing about for others.

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