30th Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith & History Announced

The conference will take place from October 20-22, 2016, at Regent University in picturesque Virginia Beach, Virginia. The theme is “Christian Historians and the Challenges of Race, Gender, and Identity.” For more details, check out the Call for Papers. Plenary speakers…

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

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…

Book: Race, Religion and Law in Colonial Inidia

In a crowded commercial neighborhood of the south Indian city of Bellary, there once stood a distillery owned and operated by a Tamil-speaking Protestant named Matthew Abraham. Matthew came from the low-ranking paraiyar community (one among so-called untouchable groups). In…