The Devil May Care: Left Behind and Modern American Evangelicalism

October 21st, 2014

by Emily Johnson In the week before the new Left Behind movie hit theatres, marketers released a teaser poster. Above a post-apocalyptic scene in a crowded parking lot are the words: “Please do not bring unbelievers to this movie.” The quotation is attributed to Satan. The movie is an adaptation of the first book in the

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CFP: 14th Annual Florida State University Department of Religion Graduate Student Symposium

October 13th, 2014

  by Thomas J. Whitley   Call for Papers: The Florida State University Department of Religion 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium February 20-22, 2015 • Tallahassee, Florida The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 20-22, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Last year’s

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The Minnesota Turn in the Study of Christianity

October 8th, 2014

Paul Putz The Call for Papers for the spring 2015 meeting of the American Society of Church History is now live (check it out here). The theme, “Contact and Exchange among Religious Groups,” looks to be quite promising, but I was particularly intrigued by this line in the CFP: “Given the location of this meeting

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On Cephalopods, Religious Contestation, and Railroad Monopolies

October 1st, 2014

by Jeffrey Wheatley The ocean is in fashion. Anchors, oars, whales, maritime flags, and octopuses adorn the button-up shirts of American hipsters. Not to be outdone, academia has also adopted the marine as a central motif in the past decade, often situating the Atlantic World and its symbols as sites, metaphors, and producers of the

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New Books: Andrew Stern’s Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross

September 29th, 2014

by Andrew Stern While completing my book Southern Crucifix, Southern Cross, I lived in a small town called Ocracoke on the coast of North Carolina. Religious life in this town was a fitting setting in which to write on Catholic-Protestant cooperation. The town had two churches – United Methodist and Assemblies of God – yet

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“To suffer for doing what is right”: The Social Functions of Martyrological Language

September 26th, 2014

by Tara Baldrick-Morrone When I teach sections on Christianity in my Introduction to World Religions course, I spend a good amount of time on getting my students to think about martyrdom. I do this not only for my own research interests, but because martyrological language plays a large role in the cultural history of Christianity. Oftentimes,

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Blase Cupich and the Language of the Culture Wars

September 24th, 2014

By Jeffrey Wheatley I have looked on with interest these last few days as a series of buzzes, beeps, and red dots have pushed me to read the latest updates on Pope Francis’s selection of Blase Cupich to be the next Archbishop of Chicago. The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third-largest in the nation. Historically,

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From Coliseum to Classroom: the Face of Modern Christian Martyrdom

September 22nd, 2014

by Jenny Collins-Elliott “You don’t have to commit intellectual suicide to believe in a Creator.” – Josh Wheaton While Christian and faith-based movies are not new, there has been in recent years a renewed interest and effort put into these films. Thanks to production companies like Pure Flix Entertainment, modern Christian movies have become high-quality

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Between “Bring Out Your Dead” and “I’m Not Dead Yet”

September 19th, 2014

by Andy McKee In the first half of the nineteenth century, naturalist Samuel G. Morton created a massive database of human skulls in a scientific attempt to categorize and catalog the world. Ann Fabian’s Skull Collectors, is probably my favorite read on the process that took the deaths of displaced peoples (Native Americans, Africans, slaves,

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Upon Further Review: Interdisciplinarity and the Edited Volume

September 17th, 2014

by Charles McCrary Kathryn Gin Lum’s review of John Carlson and Jonathan Ebel’s edited collection From Jeremiad to Jihad (in the June 2014 issue of Church History) offers a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion of disciplinarity and genre in scholarship. Lum’s reaction to the book is similar to mine when I read it. It’s a somewhat cumbersome and

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