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. 1, March

A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This wonderful book uses material culture to explore the practice of Anglicanism in eighteenth-century Virginia. It argues that religious practice and piety were structured within the living spaces, material...
A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Most attempts to record Baptist history have focused on the Anglo-American tradition, engaging only other Baptist groups as their history has intersected with that tradition. With the recent four-hundredth...
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci, 1552-1610
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is a fine book, one which makes a signal contribution to our understanding of early modern Europe's interactions with East Asia. The author gives the reader several layers of narrative, description,...
A Liberating Spirit: Pentecostals and Social Action in North America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Over the past decade, scholarship on pentecostal and charismatic movements has expanded rapidly as historians, anthropologists, and sociologists have charted the worldwide proliferation of "Spirit-filled"...
A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In this book, Timothy Larsen seeks to show that the Bible "loomed uniquely large in Victorian culture" (1). His argument focuses on individuals as representative of particular religious traditions (E....
A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In the early 1960s, the centennial reflections and observances of the American Civil War, especially its deeper significance in national self-understanding, were largely overshadowed by the looming presence...
Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)One of the most influential studies of the development of the western church and of its canon law between the ninth and the twelfth centuries has been the Histoire des collections canoniques en Occident:...
Carmelite Liturgy and Spiritual Identity: The Choir Books of Krakow
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This monumental book is an exemplary case study of liturgy and religious life based on the close analysis of chant books used in a particular church, the convent in Kraków (Poland) founded in 1397 by...
Christianity's Quiet Success: The Eusebius Gallicanus Sermon Collection and the Power of the Church in Late Antique Gaul
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Lisa Bailey's monograph, Christianity's Quiet Success , reflects a renewed scholarly interest in the role of pastoral care in the western church. For scholars of late ancient Gaul the work provides much...
Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This fine book has a somewhat misleading title. It does not deal with Christmas in Germany ab initio , which would have dated to the eighth century, but rather with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries....
Church, State, and Original Intent
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In the study of church-state relations there are far too many volumes purporting to illuminate what the First Amendment really means, or what it should mean, or what it originally meant. These volumes...
Constructing China's Jerusalem: Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In Constructing China's Jerusalem , anthropologist Nanlai Cao presents a vivid ethnography of the Protestant community in the eastern coastal city of Wenzhou. Wenzhou is a particularly apt site for such...
Constructing Lives at Mission San Francisco: Native Californians and Hispanic Colonists, 1776-1821
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Franciscans established Mission San Francisco de Asís on the San Francisco peninsula in 1776 as the sixth mission in the Alta California network. In a discussion of Native births and deaths that took...
English Catholics and the Education of the Poor, 1847-1902
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is an excellent study, firmly based on archival research and on primary and secondary literature, of a subject central to the history of Roman Catholicism in Victorian England. The more than fourfold...
Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)William Porcher DuBose is a perhaps the "greatest theologian that the Episcopal Church in the United States of America has produced." One of Dubose's contemporaries, W. H. Moberly, identified him as "the...
From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Jean Vandruff bookends Darren Dochuk's From Bible Belt to Sunbelt , appearing in the first sentence of chapter one and the final sentence of the epilogue. If you have never heard of Jean Vandruff, you...
Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God: In Your Light We Shall See Light
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)As Christopher Beeley observes in the preface to Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God : In Your Light We Shall See Light , "one of the great lacunae of recent patristic scholarship...
Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)According to a note on the jacket of this book, the Christian Theology in Context series "aims to provide students and general readers, as well as academics, with a collection of well-researched yet accessible...
Matters (Un-)Becoming: Conversions in Epiphanius of Salamis
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Many thanks to the anonymous readers of Church History for their valuable suggestions. A shorter form of this essay was originally presented at the North American Patristics Society meeting in 2010,...
Nature and Revelation: A History of Macalester College
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Institutional histories as a genre have an often deserved reputation as accumulations of information situated in a self-congratulatory narrative. Jeanne Halgren Kilde, well known for her work on religious...
On Time, Punctuality, and Discipline in Early Modern Calvinism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)What did it mean to live in Geneva in the early modern period? Not what beliefs did one have to parrot, but what was the character of life? In 2004, Max Engammare took on the question of Genevan mentality...
Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This extensive and in-depth study attempts to elevate Nazarene art from the lesser place it has come to occupy in the art historical canon. It is, however, much more a performance of the pleasures of...
Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)According to long-standing historiographical tradition, the Carolingian emperor Louis the Pious (814-840) provoked a dramatic crisis which brought his empire to the brink of civil war in June 833. As...
Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Dossey's thesis is illustrated by two mosaics presenting life on an African villa, one from the early second century and the other from the mid-fourth. The first portrays agricultural workers living and...
Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod: A Conflict That Changed American Christianity
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In chronological order, with chapters on periods 1938-1965, 1965-1969, 1969-1974, and 1974-1981, James C. Burkee gives his readers an inside, up-close-and-personal look at the conservative-moderate split...
Prospero's America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)An alchemist willing to engage in occult practices, an advocate for religious toleration and Pequot Indian rights, an entrepreneur eager to strike it rich--such impulses were bound to set one at odds...
Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: The Challenge of Socinianism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Early Modern Socinianism has often been treated, especially by Unitarian historians, as the taproot of modern anti-Trinitarianism. This approach to the writings of Faustus Socinus (d. 1604) and of "second-generation"...
Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Caught up in the stakes of the "homosexuality debate," neither American Christians nor scholars of American religions often pause to ask how this largely Christian dispute emerged in its current terms...
"Right Reason" and the Princeton Mind: An Unorthodox Proposal
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)At the conclusion of his magisterial biography of Charles Hodge, Paul Gutjahr observes that many conservative American Protestants "still carry some portion of Princeton Seminary's cane of orthodoxy"...
Shapers of English Calvinism, 1660-1714: Variety, Persistence, and Transformation
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)A tradition is not a consensus; change is not decline; variety does not entail discontinuity; and Calvinism has never been a monolithic system of thought. Wallace, a distinguished member of the faculty...
Sis Quoque Catholicis Religionis Apex: The Ecclesiastical Patronage of Chilperic I and Fredegund
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I would like to thank for their helpful comments and questions, the anonymous reader for Church History , as well as Dr. Allen Jones, and the audiences at the 2010 Southeastern Medieval Association Annual...
Strangers and Pilgrims, Travellers and Sojourners: Leiden and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Readers seeking a comprehensive history of the Leiden years of the "Pilgrims" need look no further than this nine-hundred-page book by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs. As director of the Leiden American Pilgrim...
"Tell Them We Are Singing for Jesus:" the Original Fisk Jubilee Singers and Christian Reconstruction, 1871-1878
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Fisk Jubilee Singers were the first African-American musical performers to achieve national and international fame. Their moving performances of traditional Negro spirituals drew acclaim from American...
The Book in the Renaissance
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is an important and much needed book. Professor Pettegree, now Head of the School of History at the University of St. Andrews, has long established a deserved reputation as a leader in the field...
The Clement Bible at the Medieval Courts of Naples and Avignon: A Story of Papal Power, Royal Prestige, and Patronage
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This meticulously researched volume by Cathleen A. Fleck, Assistant Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University, is based on documents and collections in some twenty-five libraries and institutions...
The Clerical Dilemma: Peter of Blois and Literate Culture in the Twelfth Century
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is a stimulating and informative study of Peter of Blois as a representative of twelfth-century clerical culture. John D. Cotts's book, the first full-length study of Peter's life, is at once richly...
The Earliest History of the Christian Gathering: Origin, Development and Content of the Christian Gathering in the First to Third Centuries
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)A revised doctoral thesis from Leiden University (2009) under Professor Henk Jan de Jonge, this study offers an encyclopedic survey of the early Church's "weekly meeting" from its origins up to Cyprian...
The Embodied Word: Female Spiritualities, Contested Orthodoxies, and English Religious Cultures, 1350-1700
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Embodied forms of religious devotion have long been recognized as characteristic among late medieval and early modern Catholic women, as well as, more recently, in studies of select early modern English...
The FBI and the Catholic Church, 1935-1962
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In his book The Irish Diaspora in America , Lawrence J. McCaffery quoted the then-conservative columnist and former Nixon speech-writer Garry Wills as claiming that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover liked...
The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Few weeks pass without a rousing discussion of the meanings of religious liberty, freedom of religion, and the separation of church and state in the American context. More often than not these conversations...
The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In The Furnace of Affliction , Jennifer Graber provides one of the first in-depth studies of Protestant prison religion in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Prison religion,...
The Medieval Heart
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Beginning from an understanding that for Dante the heart rules the body, Italian literary scholar Heather Webb has sought to address the distinctively medieval perception of that organ. Rather than the...
The New Companion to Hispanic Mysticism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The flourishing of mysticism in the Hispanic world attracted considerable attention during the early modern period and, in recent years, has been the subject of extensive study by scholars. In this new...
The Origins of Creationism in the Netherlands: The Evolution Debate among Twentieth-Century Dutch Neo-Calvinists
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)For their comments on earlier drafts of this paper, I would like to thank professors Frans H. van Lunteren, Ida H. Stamhuis, George Harinck and Ronald L. Numbers, Drs Tjeerd B. Jongeling and Rolf E. van...
The Passion of the Jews of Prague: The Pogrom of 1389 and the Lessons of a Medieval Parody
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I thank Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Eva Steinová, Jesse Njus, the members of the Newberry Library Seminar on Medieval Intellectual History, and two anonymous readers for their helpful comments on earlier...
The Poisoned Chalice: Eucharistic Grape Juice and Common-Sense Realism in Victorian Methodism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Poisoned Chalice tells the story of how temperance-minded Victorian Methodists confidently overturned centuries of tradition to switch from wine to grape juice at communion. Jennifer L. Woodruff...
The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is an extraordinary and compelling cultural history of life and death in mid-colonial Jamaica, the first monograph by historian and scholar of African-American Studies, Vincent Brown (Harvard University)....
The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain is a collection of essays that broadly examines the symbiotic relationship between the European and British reformations from around Luther to the...
The SPCK and the American Revolution: The Limits of International Protestantism
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The author would like to thank Troy Bickham and the members of the 2007-2009 Young Scholars of American Religion at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture for their many helpful suggestions...
The Transformation of the Christian Churches in Western Europe, 1945-2000. la Transformation Des Eglises Chretiens En Europe Occidentale
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)This is a volume of papers given at a conference at the University of Leuven in September 2002, and contains many informative and scholarly articles. All except four of the seventeen essays are in English...
The Very Nature of God: Baroque Catholicism and Religious Reform in Bourbon Mexico City
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Wills have long been used by European historians of religion to discuss collective views about death, spirituality, purgatory, and devotion. Most of this literature has been French and the methodology...
The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In this excellent work, we see the excellent research and analytical skills of Baldwin once again brought to the service of examining this pivotal religious and political leader. The Voice of Conscience...
Writing and Religion in England, 1558-1689: Studies in Community-Making and Cultural Memory
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)As editors and contributors themselves, Roger Sell and Anthony Johnson have brought readers an impressive collection of twenty essays which each speak to two related issues pertinent to scholars interested...
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