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Gordon Wood on Bernard Bailyn: American Religious History and 'An Honest Picture of the Past'

by Kristin Du Mez.

[This piece originally appeared as a guest contribution to Religion in American History. The first portion is republished here with permission of the author. 386 more words


Both Black and Catholic (?)

Here’s my most recent post on Religion in American History, where I offer some musings around my lecture at the Institute of Black Catholic Studies (Xavier University of Louisiana) coming up on Monday, November 10th. 1,156 more words

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Missions of Nonbelief: The Growth of Atheist Megachurches

Repost from my blog at Religion in American History.

Can I get a ‘Dar-win’?


Former preacher Jerry DeWitt engaged in this unusual call and response with participants at a recent Freethought Convention that I attended at a local university. 1,030 more words

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On Violence, "the Religious," and Black Power

I am a regular contributor to Religion in American History.  Here is my most recent post:

“Instead of preaching the Cross for others and advising them to suffer patiently the violence which we sweetly impose on them, with the aid of armies and police, we might conceivably recognize the right of the less fortunate to use force, and study more seriously the practice of non-violence and humane methods on our own part when, as it happens, we possess the most stupendous arsenal of power the world has ever known.”  Thomas Merton, Faith and Violence (1968) 875 more words

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I'm Too Sexy for My Church: Observations on Ed Young, Jr.

At Religion in American History, I discussed Ed Young, Jr.’s Sexperiment in the context of evangelical trends.

I’ve got sex on the brain and I blame Ed Young, Jr. 1,003 more words

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More than Hobby Lobby: My Take as a Scholar of Religious History

My blog this month at Religion in American History

Hobby Lobby was not my favorite work experience—it required long hours, ridiculous record-keeping, exposure to monotonous Christian muzak, and putting up with some creepy coworkers. 1,155 more words