Hillary Clinton and Christian America

by Kristin Du Mez. This post originally appeared in The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily on March 4, 2016. Let’s start with a disclaimer. I’m a historian, and as such I have no particular skills when it comes to prognostication. Case in point: At the start of this election season, I would have placed my money on …

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Christianity in a time of terror: An Advent reflection

by Kristin Du Mez. It was the fall of 2008. The stock market was tumbling, bird flu was spreading, and fear continued to mount over the threat Islamic extremists posed to America and to “the American way of life.” It was in light of these uncertainties that I paused to reflect on how Christians were …

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Ask the Author: Tim Gloege on Guaranteed Pure

by Kristin Du Mez. Several years back, I heard Tim Gloege give a conference paper on Henry Crowell, Quaker Oats, and American Fundamentalism at a meeting of the American Society of Church History. To this day, that talk stands as one of the smartest, most engaging papers I’ve heard presented at an academic conference. I …

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The Crime is the Fruit of the Theology: Christian Responses to 50 Shades of Grey

by Kristin Du Mez. [This piece originally appeared in the Oxford University Press Blog on March 21, 2015. The first portion is republished here with permission of the author.] The much anticipated Valentine’s Day release 50 Shades of Grey set off a flurry of activity on social media sites, with bloggers lining up to cajole, shame, reason, or plead with …

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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.] I wasn’t going to write on Gordon Wood and Bernard Bailyn. I’m not a colonialist. It’s been years since I’ve read their work, which in my recollection is far and …

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Ask the Author… Jonathan Den Hartog on Patriotism and Piety

by Kristin Du Mez. For this week’s Historical Horizons blog post, I’m excited to launch the inaugural edition of our “Ask the Author” series. I’ve selected a new book on religion and politics by Jonathan Den Hartog—Patriotism and Piety is fresh off the press, and Jonathan was kind enough to take some time to talk …

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