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A Historian of Forgotten Resistance

17 Aug

For 18th-century Quaker dwarf abolitionist Benjamin Lay, resistance was a way of life. As a glove-maker, a common sailor, and a world traveler who lived in England and Barbados before finally settling in Pennsylvania, Lay was exposed to the injustices of slavery and decided to make a career of condemning its horrors, often in memorable and shocking ways.

Read the rest of Oliver Lee Bateman’s article on Benjamin Lay and Lay’s biographer, historian Markus Rediker, here at Pacific StandardA Historian of Forgotten Resistance – Pacific Standard

Contested sacred space USA: Conflict and cooperation in the heartland

14 Aug

Historic heirs of Mormonism work out how to live with their contested sacred space. Read Kimberly Winston’s fascinating report at Religion News Service here: Contested sacred space USA: Conflict and cooperation in the heartland | Religion News Service

Addiction to Consuming

10 Aug

By divesting ourselves of excessive possessions, decluttering our homes and our lives, we may engage in a different sort of “culture war.” So argues Christian and historian Kristin Du Mez: Reclaiming Life at Home: Declaring War on Clutter to Save the American Soul

Prosperity Gospel Apocalypse: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Empire

26 Jul

American Religious historian John H. Wigger tells the story of the collapse of the Evangelical Empire of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and compares aspects of Jim Bakker and President Trump: Prosperity Gospel Apocalypse: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Empire

How a Non-Western Non-Christian Can Help American Christians Think About Western Civilization

25 Jul

Historian Chris Gehrz reflects on Western Civilization as seen by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo: How a Non-Western Non-Christian Can Help American Christians Think About Western Civilization

Meet the Mandaeans: Australian followers of John the Baptist celebrate new year

21 Jul

Mandaeans are followers of John the Baptist, and believe that baptism should occur throughout one’s life. But the ancient religion is in danger of dying out. Read this fascinating account of this religion at the Australian Broadcast Corporation’s site: Meet the Mandaeans: Australian followers of John the Baptist celebrate new year – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

George McGovern and the Religious Left

19 Jul

Historian David Swartz here interviews historian Mark Lempke on Lempke’s new book on George McGovern and Progressive Christianity: George McGovern and the Religious Left

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