Church History

A scholarly journal publishing original research on the history of Christianity, including its non-Western expressions. Intended for historians of Christianity in general. Includes bibliographies and an extensive book review section. This is the official

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 2, June

A Companion to the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Brill's commitment to publishing a series of reference books and handbooks on the intellectual and religious life of Europe is to be praised, and this volume of heavily footnoted essays with extensive...
Affective Meditation and the Invention of Medieval Compassion
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is a spellbinding book. McNamer has taken on one of the biggest questions there is in medieval studies: why the shift from worshipping a triumphant Christ to meditating on a suffering savior? The...
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)As a church dynasty, the Archibald J. Careys (Sr. and Jr.) of Chicago are arguably as significant as the Adam Clayton Powells of New York and the King-Williams clan of Atlanta, but they have attracted...
Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Historical studies on Chinese Christianity (of both Catholic and Protestant varieties) has been enjoying a veritable boom in recent years. In the immediate post-WWII era (up until the 1970s) studies on...
Are You Alone Wise?: The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)As I was reading this splendid new book, an image from another book arose: that of an etching in black and white of Martin Luther in bed and confronting the devil. The image appears in the first pages...
Carl McIntire and the Fundamentalist Origins of the Christian Right
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I would like to thank Leo Ribuffo, John Matzko, Molly Worthen, Juha Ahvio and the two anonymous reviewers for their useful comments on drafts of this article.In the growing body of scholarship on the...
Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism: The Juventud De Accion Popular in Spain, 1931-1939
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In 1931 the Second Republic became the government of Spain, countering the European norm as Fascist and fascist-style governments appeared to proliferate. The Republic's arrival raised public expectations...
Catholics, Slaveholders, and the Dilemma of American Evangelicalism, 1835-1860
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)W. Jason Wallace deftly uses sermons, tracts, and religious journals from antebellum America to discover and track the ways that evangelicals and Catholics, North and South, wrestled over the ideas about...
Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Some of the most important lives in history are not especially enthralling. Their importance derives not from their intrigue but from their reliable return to labors short on glamour but long on reach....
Creating Catholics: Catechism and Primary Education in Early Modern France
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Karen Carter's study of Catholics in the French countryside during the seventeenth and eighteenth century focuses on catechism instruction in the rural parishes in three dioceses (Auxerre, Châlons-sur-Marne,...
Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British North America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Ned C. Landsman's new synthesis, Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British North America , aims to achieve what has long eluded colonial historians: a history of the Middle Colonies as a distinct...
Cyprian and Roman Carthage
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Allen Brent, an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and author of the acclaimed A Political History of Early Christianity (New York: T & T Clark International,...
Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)B. Diane Lipsett has set for herself the task of exploring the function of desire in three loosely related early Christian narratives of "conversion"--The Shepherd of Hermas , The Acts of Paul and Thecla...
Divinity and State
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Unless it was in their interests to let loose the demagogues, early modern authorities struggled to contain confessional conflicts. Prince William of Orange argued for the prohibition of hedge preaching...
Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The essays collected in Empires of God offer readers a searching and interdisciplinary journey through the intertwining strains of faith, the human propensity for rationalization and self-justification,...
Evangelicalism and the Politics of Reform in Northern Black Thought 1776-1863
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Working with W. E. B. DuBois's classic dialectic of double-consciousness--being black, being American (The Souls of Black Folk in Three Negro Classics [New York: Avon Books, 1965], 215)--Rita Roberts...
Friars on the Frontier: Catholic Renewal and the Dominican Order in Southeastern Poland, 1594-1648
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The author discusses the Dominicans' activity in the southeastern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the period of Order's eventful development before the 1648 civil war. Stolarski's detailed analysis...
From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I read this book amidst the media frenzy over Texas Governor Rick Perry's "Day of Prayer and Fasting," which reframed twenty-first-century debates about religious freedom and the place of religion in...
From Literal to Spiritual Soldiers of Christ: Disputed Episcopal Elections and the Advent of Christian Processions in Late Antique Rome
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I would like to thank audiences at UCLA, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Society of Biblical Literature for their comments and questions...
God's Empire: Religion and Colonialism in the British World, C. 1801-1908
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Hilary Carey's wide-ranging study of colonial religion makes her something of a scholarly pioneer. As she rightly notes, the "colonial" missions of British Christian churches to fellow countrymen who...
Hell and Its Afterlife: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)While heaven has been a major topic of recent analysis and conversation, thanks in part to several best-selling books on the subject, hell has been much less discussed and evaluated. Although sizable...
Humanism and Calvinism: Andrew Melville and the Universities of Scotland, 1560-1625
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In this installment of the St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History, Reid focuses on the cornerstone of the Reformation: the university. Focusing on the educational reforms of the Scottish Reformer...
Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)A flurry of recent scholarship has tried to locate the origins of the Religious Right. Darren Dochuk, for example, posits in From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and...
Judging Maria De Macedo: A Female Visionary and the Inquisition in Early Modern Portugal
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The files of the Holy Office of the Inquisition have been an invaluable source of information for scholars of early modern Europe, especially for those interested in social relations and religious behavior...
Lottie Moon: A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in History and Legend
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In recent decades, increased scholarly attention has been devoted to analyses of gender and agency within conservative American religious traditions. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), with its tremendous...
Milton and the Reformation Aesthetics of the Passion
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In recent years, scholars interested in the intersections of theology, confessional identity, and literature in early modern England have studied representational strategies and devotional practices of...
Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In June 2011, Newsweek famously dubbed our time as "the Mormon Moment." Part of the American public's fascination with all-things Mormon has been renewed curiosity about contemporary fundamentalist Mormon...
No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In the field of evangelical studies, topics of morality, gender, nationalism, and political activism dominate a discourse that has been shaped primarily by attempts to explain the political impact of...
Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Allowing for some latitude in using the phrase "early America" in the title of this study, it nevertheless provides a thoroughgoing and finely nuanced depiction of crucial issues between Native Americans...
Religion and the Politics of Time: Holidays in France from Louis XIV through Napoleon
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Both the title and sub-title of this book are essential if potential readers are not to misunderstand its propos . The sub-title brings us into the heart of the matter of the book, which deals with the...
Religion Enters the Academy: The Origins of the Scholarly Study of Religion in America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In this brief but insightful trio of essays, James Turner maps the origins of the study of religion in America from the colonial period to the late nineteenth century. The first chapter examines the study...
Salvage: Macrina and the Christian Project of Cultural Reclamation
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Parts of this essay were presented at the Violence and Representations of Violence among Jews and Christians section of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Greater Michigan Ancient Christianity Society,...
Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is a seductive book. While it may not fulfill some expectations, it provides unlooked for pleasures. If readers are looking for either an explication of Augustine's Confessions along traditional...
Sex, Gender, and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)As McLaughlin demonstrates in this impressive study, brides, mothers, and fathers were frequent topics in the writings of churchmen during the ecclesiastical reform movement of the eleventh and early...
Specters of Paul: Sexual Difference in Early Christian Thought
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This study finds a new and productive way to explore the problem of sexual difference, not only in Paul, but also in second and third century writers who draw on Paul's Christ/Adam typology. Dunning goes...
Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efrain Rios Montt, 1982-1983
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Virginia Garrard-Burnett's admirable monograph focused on a particularly horrific period of Central American history through the lens of an especially heinous figure in that history, General Efraín Ríos...
The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and Their Audiences, 1590-1640
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Ecclesiastical authorities of the Elizabethan and early Stuart Church of England demanded adherence to the Book of Common Prayer and allowed no deviation from this scripted liturgy. Parishioners heard...
The British Zion: Congregationalism, Politics, and Empire, 1790-1850
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In this carefully researched study of nineteenth-century British Christianity, Michael Rutz explains the role of white colonial missionaries in advancing civil equality and religious freedom. The author...
The Dream Is Freedom: Pauli Murray and the American Democratic Faith
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This readable book on the life and thought of Pauli Murray shows the interconnections of her faith in the realization of American democratic equality between all its citizens and her theological faith...
The End of Byzantium
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 has been long considered one of the epochal events of the medieval world. Dramatic accounts of the final siege of the city began to appear soon...
The History of the Catholic Church in Latin America: From Conquest to Revolution and Beyond
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Until recently anyone searching for a survey on church and religious history in Latin America would have come away empty handed. Luckily in the past five years three such texts have been published. John...
The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)For more than thirty years, histories of colonial interactions between Native American and European peoples in the French Northeast have benefited from the prominent inclusion of religious encounters....
The Science of Religion in Britain, 1860-1915
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)It is rare when a book is already obsolete at the time of its publication. The saying, what a difference a day makes--or, in this case, nearly a quarter of a century--seems regrettably apt of The Science...
The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society, and Culture in Early Modern England
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This splendid contribution to the Authorized Version's 400th Birthday gala studies the Anglicization of Hebrew Scripture from Wycliffe to 1611. Focusing on four key words or word-groups--in particular,...
The Spread of Antislavery Sentiment through Proslavery Tracts in the Transatlantic Evangelical Community, 1740s-1770s
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This study is part of Young Hwi Yoon's dissertation, "The Spread and Transformation of Antislavery Sentiment in the Transatlantic Evangelical Network, 1730s-1790s" (University of Warwick, 2011).In the...
Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This book makes a subtle and engaging contribution to the on-going public conversation about the nation's religious past and the relationship of church and state in the new Republic. Fea is a fine historian,...
Weapons of Reform: Gregory VII, Armenia, and the Liturgy
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The liturgy offers an intriguing lens through which to view the last quarter of the eleventh century. In an era of ecclesiastical renewal and liberty commonly associated with Pope Gregory VII (1073-85)...
When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Virtually all adherents of Western religions believe in post-mortal existence. Yet relatively few believe in pre-mortal existence despite the fact that this theological notion has surfaced repeatedly...
Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The focus of this book is made clear by a careful reading of the title: This is a book about women in the world of the earliest Christians and not a survey of references to women in early Christian texts....
Wonderful to Relate: Miracle Stories and Miracle Collecting in High Medieval England
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)When contemplating texts about the saints, or hagiography, most people today undoubtedly think first of their lives, the specific details and circumstances of which seem essential to understanding their...
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