Robert Handy, who studied under legendary scholars like Paul Tillich before becoming a prominent Baptist historian, died January 8 at a retirement community in West Caldwell, New Jersey, January 8. He was 90. Handy was a professor of church history at New York’s Union Theological Seminary from 1950 until 1986. He published works on church history and American religion many consider standards in the field. Handy was particularly known for studies on U.S. church-state relations and attempts by some Christians last century to impose their vision of a Christian America.


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