Category: History

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode 134: Queen Athaliah

Listen here Marie Hause, Katie Grubbs, and Christina Bieber Lake take on biblical bad girl Queen Athaliah. Knowing Background on Queen Athaliah Summary of the context and content of 2 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 22-23 Reading Two different approaches to Athaliah Liz Curtis Higgs in Really Bad Girls of the Bible (2008) Kyung Sook…

Christian Humanist Profiles 203: Theology in the Democracy of the Dead

In the context of Christian theology, what is Tradition? And what is it for? Is it a unified, monolithic body of doctrines, from which we deviate at our peril? Is it a quarry of texts, open to be mined by any and all for juicy quotations? Instead of these images, Matt Jenson offers us the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 202: Baptists and the Catholic Tradition

While Baptists may profess the unity of God’s Church, we are also Dissenters from way back, ready to die on the hill of our unshakeable convictions. Still, the vision of the Church’s future is the ascent of Mount Zion, as pilgrims of every tribe and tongue converge, the song on their lips, “How good it…

Christian Humanist Profiles 201: Baptists and the Christian Tradition

Baptists have an odd relationship with the Christian tradition. Some of their most distinctive beliefs and practices seem difficult to square with the views of other Christian communions past and present. Of course, for some Baptists, this isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. They’ll happily don the title of Nonconformist, declaring “No creed but Christ!”…

Christian Humanist Profiles 198: A City on a Hill

Download or Stream this Episode The phrase “American exceptionalism” has become a commonplace term of concern in American political journalism.  Politicians who claim said exceptionalism, so the conventional story goes, are more prone to be militaristic, to impose America’s will on America’s peers, and otherwise to misbehave.  But when this notion of exception arose, in…

Christian Humanist Profiles 186: Christ’s Associations

Download or Stream this Episode When we read the New Testament, its epistles and narratives and apocalyptic visions give us a vivid picture of life, the world, a cosmic mission.  But ancient Christians, just as Christians in our own moment, also lived day to day in towns and cities, and careful attention to the ways…

Christian Humanist Profiles 175: The Story of Creeds and Confessions

Throughout her long history, Christ’s Church has been united and divided by words. For that reason, our creeds and confessions often have mixed reputations: they are the pure apostolic tradition; they are ephemera of a political moment; they are hammers against heretics; they are manifestos for schism. These reputations reflect the complex relationship that our…

Christian Humanist Profiles 174: The Monkhood of All Believers

What is a monk? The word evokes the image of a man robed and cowled, tonsured in the West, bearded in the East. It recalls the architecture of the monastery, the chanting of the Daily Office, the monastic rules and vows. Defined thus, monasticism is for the disciplined and committed few. In fact, in many…

Christian Humanist Profiles 172:

Stream or download this episode. When I was in seminary, in the first year of this millennium of ours, I was quite sure I was not an evangelical: I was part of the Stone-Campbell movement, and ours was no inerrantist holdover from the Scopes Trial but a nineteenth-century Protestant unity movement. Then I arrived at…

Christian Humanist Profiles 170: The Meaning of Protestant Theology

Ask what principle Martin Luther put at the center of his Protestant Reformation theology, and you’ll get several good answers: justification by faith alone; the primacy of scriptural authority over ecclesial authority; the theology of the cross. Philip Cary offers another answer to that question, one that is distint from yet fundamentally connected to those…

Christian Humanist Profiles 168: Quest for the Historical Apostles

After His resurrection, Jesus called His eleven remaining disciples and gave them a mission: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt 28:19) With this Great Commission, the…

Christian Humanist Profiles 167: Introducing Medieval Interpretation

Perhaps no era of biblical interpretation is less appreciated than the Middle Ages. After all, weren’t the medievals at best just perpetuators of patristic readings, and at worst the most unbounded and fantastic of allegorists? If the scholars of the Middle Ages are recovered these days, it is usually for their mystically- or philosophically-inflected theologies,…

City of Man, Episode 89: Ancient Asides 12, The End of the World as We Know It

Download or Stream this Episode In this Episode, Coyle and Jordan talk about the end of the Roman Empire, from the reign of Theodosius to the fall of the Western Empire. Books/readings mentioned in the episode: Emperors of Rome by David Potter Chronicle of the Roman Emperors by Chris Scarre Jack Whyte’s series  Empires and Barbarians by…