How a mad prophet helped start the Moravian Church

Sometimes there's a fine line between madness and religious genius and whether its one or the other can be a matter of interpretation. A recent lecture about the beginnings of the Moravian Church held at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, reveals that the early inhabitants of Herrnhut found themselves wrestling with this question as they witnessed … Continue reading How a mad prophet helped start the Moravian Church

The conspiratorial roots of right-wing opposition to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Though Donald Trump's recent racist tweets may have showcased the far-right's strident opposition to Muslim "squad" members, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the foundations for this vitriol have been in the works long before the two Representatives were elected. While Trump defenders are claiming its all about Omar's democratic socialism, for decades now, a cluster of … Continue reading The conspiratorial roots of right-wing opposition to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Jimmy Carter’s unique mix of Sunday School, politics, and historical memory

Jimmy Carter, whose life-long faith and charity work is well-known, has taught Sunday School for most of his life. Perhaps you didn't know it, but you can actually attend his class at Maranatha Baptist Church, though they recommend you get there no later that 5:30 am if you want a good seat! (Back in May, … Continue reading Jimmy Carter’s unique mix of Sunday School, politics, and historical memory

We need more “Reconstruction buffs”

Civil War buffs - you know some of them. They've visited the battlefield, can tell you the details of uniforms and weapons technology, and love to debate the merits of wartime generals. They know battlefield geography and the the conditions of ordinary soldiers. But I doubt you know any "Reconstruction buffs." Reconstruction refers to the … Continue reading We need more “Reconstruction buffs”

“Mainline” Mennonites Decide against the Telegram at Kansas City Convention

This title is totally in jest. But evidently there was an effort to clean up some outdated language in denominational documents at "MennoCon 2019," which included mention of the telegram -- something that sparked some humorous social media posts from those at the event. Held in Kansas City, the event was the official convention of the … Continue reading “Mainline” Mennonites Decide against the Telegram at Kansas City Convention

New Research on Transatlantic Evangelicalism in the Age of Billy Graham

Yesterday, the Anxious Bench offered up a fascinating post by Hilde Løvdal Stephens, who teaches English at the University of Southeastern Norway. She is doing some groundbreaking research on transatlantic evangelicalism in the decades after World War II -- the era of Billy Graham crusades and Cold War fears. More specifically, she writes about the … Continue reading New Research on Transatlantic Evangelicalism in the Age of Billy Graham

Are Siri and Alexa Replacing Your Local Pastor?

You can ask Siri or Alexa anything - so why not go to Google for answers to those ultimate questions in life? Religion News Service is reporting that given the democratization of information in the Internet Age, people feel less compelled to go to the clergy for advice. Here's Notre Dame theology professor Tim O'Malley, … Continue reading Are Siri and Alexa Replacing Your Local Pastor?