Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University.  He is the author of several books, including Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World (Basic Books).

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  • June 2017

    The Forgotten Secret War

    For much of 1941, and entirely without congressional approval, the United States was in a de facto state of active conflict with Germany.

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  • January 2017

    Buddha Nature and Gender Nature

    I have decided that the only way to understand American liberal society is through the mystical practices of Asia’s ancient religions. Let me explain.

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  • August 2016

    Survivors and Liars

    Lauren Stratford might be called the woman who never was, or rather the woman whose existence we dare not admit. Even the soberest retelling of her fantastic story makes nonsense of so many contemporary assumptions and pieties.

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  • April 2016

    Lord Dunmore’s Revenge

    In great historic cities like Charleston and Savannah, it is all but impossible to avoid memories of the Revolutionary War. At every turn, you find commemorations of the triumphs and disasters of those years, of the heroes and villains of the national struggle.

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  • December 2015

    Hearts and Minds

    Have you ever wondered what it was like to live through a sweeping cultural revolution? If you lived in France in late 1789, for instance, and you reviewed the events of the previous 12 months, you would have shaken your head in wonderment at all that had happened.

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  • September 2015

    Conquering History

    In just two decades, the Western world has undergone a revolutionary transformation in its definition of marriage and sexual relationships, as same-sex marriage has moved from the realm of ultraradical fantasy to mainstream practice and social near-orthodoxy.

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  • July 2015

    Are You a Bigot?

    A major function of liberal society is inventing new forms of bigotry. You take an obvious idea—something believed always, everywhere, and by all—and show that in fact it is not just false, but a vicious form of hatred and discrimination.

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  • Gone With the Wind
    April 2015

    Gone With the Wind

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Appomattox. In recent times, academics studying the Civil War have reached a striking degree of consensus about how that war should be understood, and its practical implications today.

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  • December 2014

    The Christmas War 1914

    This past year, we have heard a great deal about the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. Throughout that commemoration, though, we have rarely paid due attention to the religious language of Holy War and crusade deployed by all combatants.

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  • (Not) The Age of Aquarius
    September 2014

    (Not) The Age of Aquarius

    I may be stereotyping Chronicles readers unfairly, but I suspect that not many read witches&pagans. If your subscription has lapsed, I draw your attention to a recent feature that actually has far-reaching consequences for more mainstream believers of all kinds.

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  • A Chestertonian Assault

    Whenever I receive a new number of The Chesterton Review, I groan inwardly and, from time to time, outwardly. Let me hasten to add that said groan is not a sign of tedium or disappointment—far from it.

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  • June 2014

    The Way to Translate

    There are people who think the classics are a dated luxury. Anyone who believes that should stay far away from the Christian Bible.

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  • February 2014

    Back to the Trenches

    One cliché that we can expect to hear very frequently is “trench warfare,” a phrase that has come to summarize the military history of the time.

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  • December 2013

    The Night the World Didn’t Change

    Most sober historians have little respect for counterfactuals, those extrapolations of alternative worlds where matters developed differently from the world we know. Yet such alternatives are actually hard to avoid.

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  • October 2013

    The Stafford Disaster

    If you didn’t hear about the social and medical catastrophe that occurred at Stafford Hospital, in the English Midlands—a disaster that claimed some 1,200 lives—then you must have been following the U.S. news media.

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  • July 2013

    A Modest Proposal for Speech Control

    Can we be adult about this? Can we finally say publicly what so many people believe privately—namely, that the whole Bill of Rights thing was a nice idea in its day, but it’s time to move on?

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  • May 2013

    The Revolution of Greed

    Do you remember Gordon Gecko in the film Wall Street proclaiming that “Greed is good”? Unwittingly, he may have formulated a law about how religions rise and fall.

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  • January 2013


    In an earlier phase of my career, I researched the subject of serial murder. What struck me repeatedly was how many of the cases defied the common stereotype of the lone Jack the Ripper figure, always a white male.

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  • November 2012

    Forgetting China

    Not long since, I was exploring Beijing’s thronged Wangfujing Street, which is consumer heaven, and it was sobering to realize that the ancestors of virtually all those prosperous customers would have been permanently hungry peasants who spent every day being worked to exhaustion.

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  • September 2012


    Recently, a Gail Collins rant in NYRB described “How Texas Inflicts Bad Textbooks on Us,” claiming that the economic power of that state’s educational system forced publishers to kowtow to the allegedly primitive and superstitious standards prevailing in that benighted region

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