World War I
Rowan Williams weaves theological reflection and poetry into drama
Shakeshafte and Other Plays explores the messiness of language and meaning.
by Brian Volck
Proclaim the hope but proclaim it slant
Consolation comes to me at unexpected angles.
by John Wilson
How Karl Barth preached the gospel in a time of crisis
The headlines spoke of nationalism and war. Barth proclaimed a living God who calls for repentance.
A century ago, a period of stunning Christian growth began. Africa's independent churches claim John Chilembwe as a symbol of a new native Christianity, free from its paternalistic and missionary roots.
Old prayers for the new year
For this end-of-the-year post, we asked our favorite historians and writers to share prayers from the past that could serve as guides for our present.
by Edward J. Blum and Kate Bowler
The Christmas truce of 1914—100 years ago this Christmas Eve—gave the world a glimpse of peace in a horrific time.
Historically, the region from the Danube to the Euphrates and from Belgrade to Baghdad is religiously complex. Our modern map is a product of decades of violence and ethnic cleansing.
American Apocalypse, by Matthew Avery Sutton
Why do most white evangelicals vote Republican? How has this affected Republican politics? Matthew Sutton gives us our first good account of how and why evangelical political views developed the way they did. Three elements were crucial—premillennial eschatology, World War I, and the Puritan heritage.
reviewed by Michael S. Hamilton
Christians killing Christians
Philip Jenkins vividly synthesizes a specialized historiography: World War I as a global religious conflict.