Church History – March 2014

March 8th, 2014

The Spring issue of Church History is out on Cambridge Journals Online. In this issue:

Arthur Scherr provides a thorough rebuttal to historical portrayals of Thomas Jefferson as a Christian.


Caroline Schroeder challenges conventional categories of monasticism with a look at women’s monasticism in early Christian Egypt.


Howard Louthan explores Erasmus’s relationship with the Polish Kingdom, and his portrayal of Poland as a model for Christendom.


John Stuart looks at the influence of imperialism and ecumenism on Anglo-American missionaries’ conceptions of “religious liberty” in Egypt.


And Keith Stanglin traces the rise and fall of Biblical perspicuity in 17th century theology.


Check out the full issue at Cambridge Journals Online

Four Ways to Complicate (and Update) the Way We Teach the Enlightenment

March 3rd, 2014

By Jennifer Powell McNutt

The story of the Enlightenment and how it intersected with Christianity has taken a new direction in scholarship. What was once a simplistic historical narrative of the rise of reason and the fall of Christianity has grown more and more complex over the years. New figures, new primary sources, and new angles have been highlighted that offer a more
nuanced landscape with which the church historian can engage.

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Using Social Networks to Coordinate Conference Plans

February 13th, 2014

by Shaun Horton

With the deadline for ASCH Winter Meeting submissions only one month away (and only two days left for joint proposals with the AHA), it is never too early to coordinate panel proposals and travel plans. It’s no secret that the ASCH strongly prefers session proposals to paper proposals.

This is where social media comes in handy. Aside from posting on H-Net, you can use Twitter feeds and hashtags like ASCH2015 or AHA2015 to make public calls for potential fellow panelists. But if you want a way to reach fellow Society members more directly (besides good old fashioned email), there is another option: closed (or private) network groups.

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Everything Is Due Monday (An ASCH-EHS Update)

January 18th, 2014

The final deadline for proposals for the Society’s joint international conference in Oxford is only two days away. The ASCH and Ecclesiastical History Society have accepted 65 proposals already, but they will take submissions until Monday, January 20, at 12 PM London time. The CFP, guidelines, and submission forms are available through the CFP link in the right side of this page (under Conferences), or on the Society’s Conferences & Meetings page.

The Society has travel funding available for some presenters. If you are an ASCH member, you can apply for a travel stipend by downloading this form (graduate students download this form instead), filling it out, and emailing it to, along with a copy of your CV.

If your proposal has already been accepted, January 20 is also the deadline to register for the conference (which you can do here).

ASCH Annual Meeting Live Blog

January 2nd, 2014

Click here to follow our Live Blog for the ASCH Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, displaying tweets, conference events, and updates as they happen.

You can find our conference program, maps, and local restaurants here, or scan the QR code below.

ASCH 2014 Program


“Los Nacionales” – Foreign Actors in the Spanish Civil War

December 30th, 2013

by Kathy Schneider

The cover of this month’s Church History illustrates the left’s portrayal of the Nationalist Front. The Ministry of Propaganda published the caricature during the Spanish Civil War. In the boat are all the familiar faces (clockwise from the left): Italian military as marked by the blue sash with the fasces symbol, two Moorish troops with three more below, the Nazi capitalist, and, most prominently, the cardinal who gives his blessing. “Arriba España” was one of the slogans of the Francoist forces.

In contradiction to this phrase, the cartoonist has placed Spain on the gallows. Lastly, the boat in which they travel has the words Junta de Burgos and Lisboa. Burgos is the location of the rebel government and Lisboa represents Portugal’s support of Franco. In short, the cartoonist sought to include all sources of foreign aid for the Nationalists in the hope that Spaniards would see the Nationalists and their supporters as a grave danger to Spain’s existence. Interestingly, the Church is included among the foreign supporters although the Spanish Church tended to see itself as a bulwark of traditional Spanish identity.

The depiction, as propaganda is wont to do, simplifies a complicated situation. The Spanish conflict had very Spanish roots, but was pulled into larger European events with the rise of the radical right. Both the Nationalists and the Republicans contributed to this portrayal through their generalization of a conflict between ungodly Communism versus fascism. While Hitler and Mussolini had their own interests that shaped their actions, the assistance was vital to Franco’s victory.

Annual Meeting Apps, Maps, and Resources

December 30th, 2013

by Shaun Horton

The annual Winter Meeting is only a few days away, and we have launched an online conference program with daily session listings, maps, and the ASCH live blog feed. You can access the program on any smart phone by following this link (, or by scanning the QR code.

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Free Food and WiFi in Washington, D.C.

December 16th, 2013

Via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Complimentary breakfasts for Dupont Hotel guests, complimentary lunches and dinners for Society grad students, and a variety of dining options in the Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.

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December 2013 Issue Available

November 21st, 2013

The December issue of Church History is now online. In this issue:

Martin Marty reviews Peter Brown’s Through the Eye of a Needle.

Daniel Richie looks at Irish Reformed Presbyterians who opposed slavery in antebellum America.

Kathy Schneider discusses the secular front organizations established by Catholics in the Second Republic of Spain to get around laws prohibiting schools run by religious orders.

Luke Fenwick looks at the politics surrounding the denazification of two Protestant churches in Germany after 1945.

Klaus Petersen and Jørn Henrik Petersen analyze the attitudes of Danish and Norwegian Lutherans toward the modern welfare state in the mid-twentieth century.

And George Faithful examines successive versions of the hymn “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” with an eye toward the theological and aesthetic needs of its translators’ religious traditions.

Check out the entire issue at Cambridge Journals Online.

Important Dates for Upcoming Meetings

November 20th, 2013

As we make our way through conference season, here are some dates to remember for the Society’s upcoming meetings:

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