Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)

This week's post spotlights historian David Swartz as part of a new series meant to focus on historians and their ongoing work: current projects, research efforts, innovative teaching, travel abroad, and other activities of interest. (Its not really a hot seat at this point, but maybe we'll get some controversy going eventually!) Rumor has it … Continue reading Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)

Anabaptist Critiques of Evangelicals and Religious Freedom

We continue to hear a lot about religious freedom from the Trump administration and conservative evangelicals these days. As we know, the issues have ranged from wedding cakes to contraceptives. In the last few weeks, Republicans have even moved to export their religious freedom efforts around the world. Evangelicals believe they wage these battles in … Continue reading Anabaptist Critiques of Evangelicals and Religious Freedom

The Moravian Origins of the Missionary Newsletter

Missionary newsletters are a mainstay of evangelical culture. Those of us who have grown up in evangelical churches can attest to this. This informal literary genre typically contains a combination of updates on continuing mission efforts, requests for financial gifts and "prayer support," as well as cultural insights and descriptions about what mission work is … Continue reading The Moravian Origins of the Missionary Newsletter

My Interview with David Swartz on the Evangelical Left

Since overhauling this site, I have pulled in a few posts from 2012 (when I was adding material regularly.) I did this interview back then but David's book remains an important read. In fact, after reposting this and before I even had this new site finished, it had already received three new post "likes." David … Continue reading My Interview with David Swartz on the Evangelical Left

My Interview with Jay Case on his “Unpredictable Gospel”

Another author interview from 2012. Jay Case's book also remains an important and ground-breaking study. Jay Case teaches at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and I am a fan of his new book, An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920 (Oxford, 2012). Jared: How did you get interested in the history of Protestant … Continue reading My Interview with Jay Case on his “Unpredictable Gospel”

My Interview with Axel Schäfer on “Countercultural Conservatives”

As promised, I offer up an insightful interview with Axel Schäfer, who teaches at Keele University (UK) and directs the American Studies program there. Thanks to Axel for taking the time to do this! I asked him to talk about his book, Countercultural Conservatives: American Evangelicalism and the Postwar Revival of the New Christian Right. … Continue reading My Interview with Axel Schäfer on “Countercultural Conservatives”