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. 4, December

A Leavening Force: African American Women and Christian Mission in the Civil Rights Era
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)After spending most of the 1930s working in elementary schools and with the YWCA in Kansas City, Kansas, Josephine Beckwith decided to connect her work more closely with the church. Right across the state...
Author's Reply
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Review ForumI am grateful to these four colleagues for their reviews of my book. I also thank the editors of Church History for this forum and the opportunity to reply to the reviews. The Unintended...
Books Received
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Aponte Edwin David . ¡Santo!: Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality . Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis , 2012 .Bailey Julius H. Race Patriotism: Protest and Print Culture in the AME Church . Knoxville : University...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesSince the beginning of the twenty-first century, Westminster-John Knox Press has published over a dozen books with the phrase "The Gospel According to..." in the title. Books examining...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesStaged in London's Hyde Park, the Great Exhibition of 1851 occupies a prominent place in many a narrative on nineteenth-century Europe. A celebration of modern industry, capitalism,...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesRobin Jensen's monograph on the imagery and symbolism of early Christian baptism is a revised version of her dissertation, originally completed in 1991. Jensen's motivation for her...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThis volume seeks to present martyrdom in terms comprehensible to a world where the word conjures up images of fanaticism and murder. In order to do so, the contributors have first...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesFor the past two decades, scholarship on Mexico after the Revolution of 1910 has often focused upon the centralizing state and its hegemonic attempts to propagate preferred narratives...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThis clear, carefully constructed study examines the attitudes of European intellectuals toward religious America over the century and a half extending loosely from Waterloo through...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThis is a major study of the interaction of monastic culture and the warrior aristocracy during 1000-1200, with references to biblical, patristic, and early medieval sources. Katherine...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesStarting with the premise that sectarianism is not inherent but constructed, Laura Robson in Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine seeks to understand how an inflexible...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and Notes"Intellectual discourse and good company" would be Jason David BeDuhn's short answers to the perennial questions, "what did Augustine see in Manichaeism?" and "why did he stay so...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn the prolonged run-up to the outbreak of civil war in 1640s England, the issues that divided Charles I from a significant number of his subjects and made each side unwilling to...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn her most recent contribution to the field of Shaker studies, Glendyne R. Wergland explores gender relations and women's authority in Shaker communities from the late eighteenth...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesCraig Harline daringly counters novelist L. P. Hartley's now shopworn axiom that "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." The guiding premise of Conversions...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesWhy did negative images of Jews and Judaism long outlast the presence of Jewish communities in England? Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England examines the role played by negative...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThere is no shortage of scholarly publications on late medieval saints or sainthood. What the late Professor Finucane adds to this lengthy list is a nicely integrated comparative...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Review ForumReaders who make it past the first sentences of this book realize that it has a strong point of view. But unlike many supposedly "historical" books with a strong point of view, this one...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and Notes"Chastity is getting a make-over" (2). Christine J. Gardner's new book Making Chastity Sexy: The Rhetoric of Evangelical Abstinence Campaigns outlines the various ways that American...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesPolitical and religious history often operate as unrelated disciplines, or worse yet, become antagonistic in their treatment of historical documents and sources. In Reformation and...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Review ForumProfessor Gregory first gained the attention of the historians' guild in 1999 with his magisterial study Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, Mass.:...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesAs an important contribution to the study of Reformation era theology, this book sheds new light on the theology and reforming activity of Martin Bucer, leader of the Protestant...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesAs Susan K. Harris points out in her new book, God's Arbiters, the Philippine-American War has not "filtered into the public consciousness" (6). Signs that popular ignorance of...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn recent years a growing number of scholars have turned their attention to the nineteenth-century divine healing movement and its pentecostal successors in the twentieth century....
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesDietrich Bonhoeffer has become a legendary figure in contemporary Christianity. If a Roman Catholic, Bonhoeffer would most certainly have already joined the ranks of Provost Bernhard...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThis volume is a collection of thirty-two conference papers delivered at several meetings of Britain's Ecclesiastical Historical Society in 2009 and 2010. In the volume's introductory...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesOnce considered to be a marginal and faddish new religious movement, pentecostalism has become one of the fastest growing and most influential religious movements in America. Much...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesMost books on heaven have fallen into one of three categories. There have been testimonies by believers, from the visions of Emanuel Swedenborg in the eighteenth century to recent...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesStudents learning about medieval heresy have for some time now had several textbooks available to them, of which the most prominent has been Malcolm Lambert's excellent survey, now...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThe Pietist movement that originated in Germany in the late seventeenth century played an important role in the creation of modern Protestantism, Western culture, and global Christianity,...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesSamuel Taylor Coleridge and the Anglican Church would not seem a likely title to anyone who knew Coleridge (1772-1834) only as a poet. Luke Wright is not too concerned about this,...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn this compelling, well-researched book, Edward L. Cleary offers an ethnographically oriented history of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America from the mid-twentieth-century...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Review ForumIn 2011, Stephen Greenblatt published The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (New York: W. W. Norton). In that book, Greenblatt argues that Poggio Bracciolini's 1417 rediscovery of...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesEuropean History Online is published by the Leibniz Institute for European History (Institut für Europäische Geschichte ) in Mainz. Materials included on the site are originally...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThe Anointed both continues and departs from a rich tradition of evangelical self-critique. As an exposé of evangelical narrow-mindedness that also contains elements of a jeremiad,...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesSalisbury Cathedral has long been celebrated as amongst the "purest" examples of English Gothic architecture. Built from scratch in a single campaign (ca. 1220-1258) and thus stylistically...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesJon Balserak has written an insightful and masterful work of historical scholarship. Establishing the Remnant Church in France: Calvin's Letters on the Minor Prophets, 1556-1559...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn recent years, as Sue Fishkoff has shown (Kosher Nation [New York: Schocken Books, 2010]), kosher food has become mainstream American food, valued by millions for its ostensible...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn Encounters in Quest of Christian Womanhood , Ulrike Sill sets out to explicate the gender dynamics that operated in the Basel Mission's promotion of Christianity in nineteenth...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesWith this book Liz Herbert McAvoy proposes to examine anchoritic sources "through a historico-literary lens and, moreover, one which took into account issues of gender" (4). The...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesWhen the Bolsheviks began the anti-religious campaign to undermine popular Orthodoxy after the Russian Revolution, their first target was the cult of saints' relics. Though much...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThe double entendres of this volume's title and sub-title are programmatic: Prudentius, Anthony Dykes argues, asks readers of the Hamartigenia to negotiate the subtle allusions,...
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesEucharistic theology and practice are increasingly recognized as flashpoints in the religious divisions of the sixteenth century--nearly as much between Lutherans and Reformed Protestants...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesAlthough not all Christians at all times nor all denominations and sects pay equal attention to the apocalyptic literature in scripture, it is surely the case that both the Book...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesIn an age of growing confessionalization throughout Europe it is no wonder that Reformed churches, like other Protestant and Catholic counterparts, developed elaborate means to teach,...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThis book is designed for general readers interested in Japanese Buddhism and the Christian Reformation. The monograph is comprised of two discussions: historical and theological....
Church History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesFfynnon Llandyfan is a natural spring in Carmarthenshire reputed to possess remarkable healing properties. Its associations date back to the legendary Dyfan and St. Teilo, who supposedly...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesThe Vatican II document Dei Verbum (Constitution on Divine Revelation) has often been overlooked in favor of Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church), Gaudium et Spes...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Review ForumThe Unintended Reformation is a deeply provocative book that advances an indictment of modernity, as well as of the Reformation, to which Professor Gregory attributes many of the developments...
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(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Book Reviews and NotesScholarship abhors a vacuum; fortunately, Maria Craciun and Elaine Fulton's edited volume fills an unsightly hole concerning the role of religious communities--Observant mendicants...
Monastic Literacy in John Cassian: Toward a New Sublimity
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I wish to thank the three anonymous readers for Church History for their suggestions, which improved my arguments. I presented earlier versions of this article at the North American Patristics Society...
The Last Carolingian Exegete: Pope Urban II, the Weight of Tradition, and Christian Reconquest
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In the late tenth century, Abbot Maiolus of Cluny (d. 994) asked one of his monks to copy Hrabanus Maurus's (d. 852) commentary on the Book of Jeremiah. Maiolus also asked the scribe for Hrabanus's original...
The Origins of the Christmas Date: Some Recent Trends in Historical Research
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)How did Christmas end up being celebrated in the middle of winter, on December 25? The fact that most of us find this question relevant--and perhaps even interesting--shows that liturgical tradition is...
Vital Nature and Vital Piety: Johann Arndt and the Evangelical Vitalism of Cotton Mather
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The author would like to thank David D. Hall and Jan Stievermann for their advice and assistance in the preparation of this article.Each new American generation gets the Cotton Mather it desires and deserves....
Where Two Crosses Met: Religious Accommodation between a Reformed Protestant Community and a Commandery of the Order of Malta (Loudun, Circa 1560-1660)
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The author wishes to thank the staff of the Archives départementales de la Vienne (Poitiers), the Archives nationales françaises (Paris), the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Archives municipales...

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