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Christian Nationalism in American History: A New Series

Mark Edwards Just a quick word to check out a recently completed series on Christian nationalism at Religions.  The eight marvelous essays cover topics ranging from the Native American preacher William Appess, Federalists, and West Point, to Richard Mouw, Donald Trump, the ecumenical movement, evangelical internationalism, and religious pluralism.  I’d like to ...

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The Catholic News Archive

Catherine R. Osborne While admittedly sometimes the very last thing I want is more sources — there are so many sources, I lament as I trim redundant quotes out of my current manuscript — I also can’t help but be excited by how many digitization projects are out there. One ...

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Compassionate Conservatism, We Hardly Knew Ye

Elesha Coffman The recent Christianity Today story “Evangelical Leaders Challenge Trump’s ‘America First’ Budget” immediately made me think of three things. One, so much for “compassionate conservatism,” a phrase popularized by President George W. Bush. This old talking points sheet unpacks some of what he meant by it: “It is compassionate ...

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CFP Roundup: American Religion and Global Affairs

Lauren Turek Presbyterian Conference, Chicago, 1871Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division I have come across several CFPs recently for conferences on topics pertaining to U.S. foreign relations or international affairs that include specific requests for papers on religion or aspects of American religious history. I have included the full ...

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How to Teach the Capstone

Emily Suzanne Clark Calling all American religion scholars! Calling all friends of the blog! Calling all Humanities professors! I request the teaching expertise of our readers.  The beloved Boom’s Taxonomy (image from Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching) Starting next academic year I will be the Director of Undergraduate Majors for the ...

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“Enduring Trends and New Directions: A Conference on the History of American Christianity in Honor of Mark Noll”

[Good morning! This month the Cushwa Center has invited James Strasburg and Jonathan Riddle to post a preview of the upcoming conference “Enduring Trends and New Directions: A Conference on the History of American Christianity In Honor of Mark Noll.” Strasburg and Riddle are the co-chairs of Mark Noll’s retirement conference and are ...

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“It Isn’t Entirely Unfortunate Rhetoric”

Elesha Coffman As part of my research on Margaret Mead, I’ve been reading a stunning book with the totally 1971 title A Rap on Race. The book is the transcript of a series of conversations between Mead and James Baldwin, touching on race, religion, politics, culture, and more. In honor of ...

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Saint Valentine’s Pleasures

Adam Park  The season of romance is upon us. Or, at least, a day of romance. And by some accounts, Christians romance best. So, what’s their secret? Well, it can be found in their rich material culture. Since the early 2000s, Christian marital aid and lingerie websites have been providing ...

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Reexamining the Original Patriots

Jonathan Den Hartog I had hoped to find a way to connect a blog post this morning to football events over the week-end. The connections this year were not as clear as in previous years. So, the best I can do is–“If you’re thinking about the New England Patriots for ...

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American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting: Recap

[Thanks to Pete Cajka for this recap of the ACHA Annual Meeting.]Peter CajkaThis blog post highlights the salient themes of the 2017 meeting of the ACHA and offers readers of RiAH an in-depth look at few panels of potential interest. The 2017 ACHA – a conference of impressive geographical and ...

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