Anxious Benchers Weigh-In on the Kidd-Merritt Dust-Up

Here is a taste of historian John Turner‘s post at The Anxious Bench: To what extent should non-academics defer to academic historians on matters of history? John Fea faulted Merritt for being snarky and dismissive (“maybe you should think some more”) to a historian who has written books about precisely the subject matter at hand. … Continue reading Anxious Benchers Weigh-In on the Kidd-Merritt Dust-Up

Darryl Hart Weighs-In on the Thomas Kidd-Jonathan Merritt Debate

In case you haven’t heard, Baylor University historian Thomas Kidd and journalist Jonathan Merritt had a debate.  Read all about it here.  And now Darryl Hart has commented on it. As is usually the case, Darryl manages to throw everyone under the bus in one way or another, but the crux of his piece is … Continue reading Darryl Hart Weighs-In on the Thomas Kidd-Jonathan Merritt Debate

Court evangelical Eric Metaxas on Trump: “Is there anyone like unto him?”

In the early years of the Trump campaign, Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas tried to explain his support of Donald Trump in a somewhat nuanced way. Consider, for example, this interview with Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt. Metaxas suggested that the president should “repent of everything we know that he has done and … Continue reading Court evangelical Eric Metaxas on Trump: “Is there anyone like unto him?”

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler on His 1998 Defense of Slavery: “It sounds like an incredibly stupid comment, and it was”

I really don’t have much to add to Jonathan Merritt’s piece at Religion News Service.  I would just ask people to think about the possible links between Mohler’s 1998 statement (and his views on race generally) and his current support for Donald Trump in 2020. Here is a taste of Merritt’s piece: In December of … Continue reading Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler on His 1998 Defense of Slavery: “It sounds like an incredibly stupid comment, and it was”

Al Mohler’s Former Church History Professor: “I think you can make the case that there was an expediency to Al’s hard-right turn in those days.”

Check out Jonathan Merritt’s Religion News Service  piece on Albert Mohler‘s recent “flip-flop” to Donald Trump. (We broke this story early. See our posts here and here and here.). Some of the scholars and SBC-insiders he quotes are quite revealing. Here is Merritt on Mohler’s church history professor and Southern Baptist historian Bill Leonard: As … Continue reading Al Mohler’s Former Church History Professor: “I think you can make the case that there was an expediency to Al’s hard-right turn in those days.”

From the Archives: “What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998”

Yesterday I offered some analysis of Wayne Grudem’s article defending Donald Trump and criticizing Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial calling for Trump’s removal from office.  You can read my post here. Today I am running a post I published on August 2, 2016.  It is titled “What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998.”  … Continue reading From the Archives: “What Wayne Grudem Thought About Presidential Character in 1998”

Number of Historians Endorsing a Statement Calling for the Impeachment of Donald Trump Reaches 1500+

Last night we reported that 750 American historians signed the statement. That number has more than doubled in less than 24 hours. Some new names that caught my attention include: Gretchen Adams, Dee Andrews, Brian Balogh, Ed Baptists, Amy Bass, J.L. Bell, Carol Berkin, George Boudreau, Anne Boylan, Francis Bremer, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Anthea Butler, … Continue reading Number of Historians Endorsing a Statement Calling for the Impeachment of Donald Trump Reaches 1500+

Beware of Social Justice Warriors and Women Preachers

The anti-social justice warriors and complementarians are at it again. Here is Religion News Service: (RNS)  — A video posted by Founders Ministries, a neo-Calvinist evangelical group, paints Bible teacher Beth Moore, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and the SBC’s current leader as part of a conspiracy to … Continue reading Beware of Social Justice Warriors and Women Preachers

Court Evangelicals Tony Perkins and Eric Metaxas Talk About Their Court Evangelicalism

On July 5, 2019, court evangelical Tony “Mulligan” Perkins of the Family Research Council  hosted court evangelical and author Eric Metaxas on his “Washington Watch” radio program.  The conversation was devoted to Metaxas’s 2016 book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty,  Readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog are … Continue reading Court Evangelicals Tony Perkins and Eric Metaxas Talk About Their Court Evangelicalism

Was Phillis Wheatley an “Evangelical?”

(This is the third and final post in a series on the word “evangelical” in the eighteenth-century and today.  Read the first post here and the second post here). So we’re agreed that the first question to every academic panel on evangelicals and evangelicalism will be “was Phillis Wheatley an evangelical?” — Daniel Silliman (@danielsilliman) … Continue reading Was Phillis Wheatley an “Evangelical?”

Should Evangelicals Be Defined By Their Spiritual Commitments or Something Else?

(This is the second post in a series on the word “evangelical” in the eighteenth-century and today). In my first post in this three-post series, I made the case that there was a religious movement in the eighteenth-century that can be identified as “evangelical.”  Of course I could never make this case in just one … Continue reading Should Evangelicals Be Defined By Their Spiritual Commitments or Something Else?

Yes, There Was an “Evangelical” Movement in the Eighteenth Century and it Should Be Defined Theologically

(This is the first post in a series on the word “evangelical” in the eighteenth-century and today). If the Jonathan Merritt dust-up had a positive result, it was that it got historians thinking again about the meaning of the word “evangelical.”  There has been a lot of good Twitter banter on the subject. (Caveat:  My … Continue reading Yes, There Was an “Evangelical” Movement in the Eighteenth Century and it Should Be Defined Theologically

What Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington Quadrilateral, Takes on a Historian

On Thursday night a very interesting, revealing, and somewhat disturbing Twitter exchange took place between religion writer Jonathan Merritt and historian Thomas Kidd.  Here is what happened: It began when someone retweeted Kidd’s Gospel Coalition post on eighteenth-century African-American poet Phillis Wheatley. Phillis Wheatley: An Evangelical and the First Published African American Female Poet via … Continue reading What Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington Quadrilateral, Takes on a Historian

Paige Patterson’s World

Paige Patterson‘s world is collapsing all around him.  This audio tape is the latest example.  The authoritarian, gun loving, Christian nationalist leader of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has suggested that women undergoing physical abuse from their husbands should submit to it.  Michelle Boorstein has it covered at The Washington Post.  Here is a taste of her piece “Southern … Continue reading Paige Patterson’s World