Money and the Heresy of Joel Osteen

September 8th, 2014

By Thomas J. Whitley Make no mistake, Joel Osteen is a heretic. This according to Matt Walsh (popular blogger) and Albert Mohler (President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). Cries of heresy are neither new nor particularly unique, though it seems that the word is bandied about less frequently today than it was for much of

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Conference Announcement: “How Do We Study Religion and Emotion?”

September 2nd, 2014

Readers of the blog may be interested in the following conference announcement: How Do We Study Religion and Emotion? A Conference at the National Humanities Center February 19-20, 2015 The surge of interest in the study of religion and emotion is part of a broader “affective turn” currently taking place across the humanities. This conference

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Upon Further Review: Religious Dispositions and Tastes

August 27th, 2014

by Jacob Hicks Upon reading Mark Hanley’s review of Nicholas P. Miller’s The Religious Roots of the First Amendment (2012) [in the June issue of Church History], the following appraisal of Miller’s work stood out: “While most of Miller’s pages are devoted to establishing dissenting Protestantism’s influence among colonial founders and the Revolutionary generation, it

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“Be sure your sins will find you out”: On purity and the Christian body, from the Donatist controversy to Bob Coy and Mark Driscoll

August 25th, 2014

By Jennifer Collins-Elliott “God will not be mocked,” declared Calvary Chapel’s Outreach pastor Chet Lowe in the wake of the “moral failure” of fellow pastor Bob Coy this April. Lowe spoke of the love and forgiveness that he and the parishioners should extend to Coy, but he was certainly no longer going to lead the congregation.

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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.