December 2015 issue of Church History

November 17th, 2015

The December 2015 issue of Church History is now available online. Articles in this issue include: Joseph P. Huffman, “The Donation of Zeno: St. Barnabas and the Modern History of the Cypriot Archbishop’s Regalia Privileges” Charles Keenan, “Paolo Sarpi, Caesar Baronius, and the Political Possibilities of Ecclesiastical History” Karin Vélez, ““By means of tigers”: Jaguars as Agents

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What Ben Carson’s Pyramid Theory Tells Us About How He Reads The Bible

November 9th, 2015

Thomas J. Whitley A lot of people have enjoyed making fun of Ben Carson’s 1998 comments, which were made public last week, that the Egyptian pyramids were not built for burial purposes but were actually built by the biblical Joseph for grain storage. He has since confirmed to CBS that he still believes this theory. It was not

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Call for Participants – Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and Now

November 3rd, 2015

Readers of the blog might be interested in this seminar opportunity, sent to us by Professor Edward J. Blum. **   Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and Now Directed by: Edward J. Blum (San Diego State University), with host: James Bratt (Calvin College) June 12-24, 2016 Seminar Description Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and

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Anglo-Saxon Apocrypha in Manuscript Contexts

October 20th, 2015

Brandon W. Hawk Following on my explorations of extra-biblical texts in the history of Christianity, in this post, I discuss a few particular translations of apocrypha into Old English as they appear in manuscripts from late Anglo-Saxon England. Examining Anglo-Saxon apocrypha in their manuscript contexts problematizes assumptions about the circulation and use of canonical and

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Shaun King, Classification, and Christianity

September 15th, 2015

Thomas J. Whitley First it was Rachel Dolezal. Now it’s Shaun King. King is a Black Lives Matter activist who, like Dolezal, has been accused of lying about his race. King’s accusations first garnered national headlines when Breitbart published a story questioning whether he had been lying about his race as well as whether he

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Thinking about Secularism Globally and Robert Yelle’s The Language of Disenchantment

September 2nd, 2015

Jeffrey Wheatley I have spent the past few months reading books for an ad hoc summer reading group composed mostly of graduate students interested in thinking about secularism globally. Most of us research under the framework of American religious history, but we agree that there is much to be gained by thinking about secularism comparatively,

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CFP: Religion and Medicine

August 24th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This CFP comes to us by way of Katherine Harvey of Birckbeck, University of London. *** RELIGION AND MEDICINE: HEALING THE BODY AND SOUL FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE MODERN DAY Birkbeck, University of London, 15-16 July 2016 Convenors: Katherine Harvey, John Henderson and Carmen Mangion In the contemporary Western world, religion and

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Finding Apocryphal Gospels in Church

August 21st, 2015

Brandon W. Hawk In a previous post, I hinted at the flexibility of the biblical canon, and the many related extrabiblical texts. From years of scholarly study, what is clear about these so-called “apocrypha” is that they derive from communities that found them useful for understanding their perspectives on Christianity.[1] For example, the Protevangelium of

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15th Annual Florida State University Department of Religion Graduate Student Symposium

August 12th, 2015

Thomas J. Whitley The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 19-21, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. Last year’s symposium allowed over 50 presenters from over 15 universities and departments such as History, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Classics to share their research,

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Religion and the GOP Presidential Hopefuls, Part II

July 20th, 2015

Emily Johnson Since I last wrote about the GOP presidential candidates in May, the already-crowded field has seen its membership double in number. It is time, then, for an update on the religious affiliations and moral positions of the nine candidates who have now joined the race. (Click the link above to go back and

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