New Books: Edwards the Exegete by Douglas A. Sweeney

New Books: Edwards the Exegete by Douglas A. Sweeney

Scholars have long recognized that Jonathan Edwards loved the Bible, but preoccupation with his roles in Western “public” life and letters has eclipsed the significance of his biblical exegesis. In Edwards the Exegete, Douglas A. Sweeney fills this lacuna, exploring…

New Books: Religion in the Oval Office by Gary Scott Smith

New Books: Religion in the Oval Office by Gary Scott Smith

Dating all the way back to George Washington, faith has played a very important and often controversial role in the lives of American presidents. Nevertheless, few scholars have carefully analyzed how chief executives’ religious convictions affected their lives, policies, or…

New Books: Baptists in America: A History by Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins

New Books: Baptists in America: A History by Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins

On September 5, 1651, a criminal named Obadiah Holmes was taken from his cell in Boston’s prison to receive his punishment: thirty lashes with a three-corded whip. Holmes had been alone in prison for weeks, struggling to come to terms…