May 22nd, 2013
Our latest issue of Church History is out now. In this issue:
Gregory Dodds examines the ways English speaking Protestants’ drew uncritically from Desiderius Erasmus to construct their views of pre-Reformation Catholicism in “An Accidental Historian: Erasmus and the English History of the Reformation.”
Tim Verhoeven examines the backlash against the American Sabbatarian movement in his article, “In Defense of Civil and Religious Liberty: Anti-Sabbatarianism in the United States before the Civil War.”
Marianne Robins challenges traditional narratives of French Protestant aid to Jewish refugees in “A Grey Site of Memory: Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and Protestant Exceptionalism on the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon.”
Laurie Maffly-Kipp’s plenary address, “The Burdens of Church History,” reconsiders the role that institutions play in a historiography that seems increasingly to find Christianity beyond institutions.
And Felicity Jensz and Hanna Acke introduce a forum on the form and function of nineteenth century missionary periodicals.
ASCH members can view the entire issue here.
April 29th, 2013
April 22nd, 2013
Happy Earth Day, everyone. Last year in my community, several local churches sponsored a speech and rally with environmentalist Bill McKibben. There was much talk about the important part that religious communities could play in resisting global warming, as if this were somehow a novel idea.
April 15th, 2013
By Shaun Horton
April 4th, 2013
Our official live blog for the 2012 Annual Winter Meeting begins at 4:30pm Thursday, April 4, and will cover the meeting until Sunday at 8:30am.
You can add to the live blog by commenting from the blog page, or by tweeting at #ASCH13.
March 19th, 2013
Our biannual Spring Meeting is almost upon us. Beginning on April 4, the ASCH will be convening at the Crown Plaza Convention Center, where there will be panels and events throughout the weekend. Early bird rates still apply for those who register by March 22 (this coming Friday). As with our previous meeting, there will be free food and free internet.
February 23rd, 2013
Our March 2013 issue of Church History is now online. Its feature articles include:
Kristi Upson-Saia revisits the anger and violence attributed to Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas in “Holy Child or Holy Terror? Understanding Jesus’ Anger in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.”
Carolyn Muessig traces the changing meanings of Galatians 6:17 (“I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ in my body”), and the development of stigmata in “Signs of Salvation: The Evolution of Stigmatic Spirituality Before Francis of Assisi.”
Andreas Loewe examines the emergence of the Lutheran musical tradition in “Why do Lutherans Sing? Lutherans, Music, and the Gospel in the First Century of the Reformation.”
Lisa McClain discusses the sixteenth century practice of penance without priests in “Troubled Consciences: New Understandings and Performances of Penance Among Catholics in Protestant England.”
..and Timothy E.W. Gloege analyses the impact of the newspaper Christian History on nineteenth century American revivalism in “The Trouble with Christian History: Thomas Prince’s ‘Great Awakening.’”
January 28th, 2013
By Tom Schwanda
Over the centuries we have tended to privilege oral and written texts by and about those whom we study. However, increasingly we recognize the importance of art and architecture and place and space as equally revealing texts. Regardless of the type of text we face a common challenge in reading wisely and well these records. This reminds us of the common task of interpretation. Recently, I was revisiting David Tracy’s summary of hermeneutical principles in his Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism (Crossroad, 1981, see especially chapter 3).
January 21st, 2013
It did not have to be. The Falwells, the Dobsons, the Reeds, the LaHayes, all those who may well have given more contours to the term “evangelical” than any theologians – they did not have to be the embodiment of evangelical public activism that goes down in history. There was another option. Maybe there still is. One that protests abortion but also nuclear armament and imperial wars, that answers “what would Jesus do?” with “he would consume less.” One that thrives not only under the halogen lights and artificial plants of suburban churches but also under the scrutiny of Berkeley or Chicago academia. What sounds like a happy hipster fantasy from the fringes of indefinable 21st century evangelicalism is, in fact, a well-substantiated claim of David Swartz’s Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism, just out from the University of Pennsylvania Press.