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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  • July 2012

    Progress and Poverty

    One concern—namely, that of inequality—is dealt with easily enough. If you want to see a truly equal society, look at North Korea, where virtually everyone is a starving pauper.

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  • April 2012

    And Pastures New

    Suppose you had to choose the single motion picture that dealt most seriously and challengingly with religious matters. What might it be? Offhand, I can think of a dozen or so possible answers from various countries, and probably most cinema-literate people would agree on at least a common short list.

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  • January 2012

    The Christian in the Cave

    Given contemporary cultural debates, it is scarcely surprising that such myths commonly focus on religious themes, usually to the massive disadvantage of religion, in general, and Christianity, in particular.

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  • November 2011

    The Miracle Program

    Who today has heard of the Bridgewater Treatises? In 1829, the earl of Bridgewater left a will devoting funds to support the publication of essays “On the Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God as manifested in the Creation.”

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  • October 2011

    Wisdom and Science

    Societies live by their mythologies, which become so passionately held that it’s usually risky to challenge them. Having said that, one major component of contemporary secularist mythology really has to be confronted, because it is so influential, so widely reflected in even the saner mass media, and so totally wrong.

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  • August 2011

    Peace With Zulus

    Like most literate Brits of my generation, I grew up immersed in the book 1066 and All That, the brilliant parody of historical writing published in 1930 by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman.

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  • July 2011

    Killing No Murder

    Whenever the United States finds herself in a military confrontation around the world, a sizable chasm separates official policy from the expectations of ordinary people.

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  • The Triumph of Nice
    June 2011

    The Triumph of Nice

    Imagine reading an interview with the founder of a new Christian church. As the interviewer points out, new denominations are scarcely a surprising story, so what makes yours so different and noteworthy? Well, explains the prophet, we have a totally different attitude toward the Bible.

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  • May 2011

    The Lost Secret of Kells

    Watching the 2009 Irish/French/Belgian film The Secret of Kells, I was genuinely surprised by the very powerful statement it made about the role of religion in history—or rather, the total absence of such a role.

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  • April 2011

    Unto Them a Child Was Born

    Normality is a fragile concept, and that observation is nowhere more true than in sexual matters. In making that point, I am not questioning the existence of absolute moral standards—quite the contrary.

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  • February 2011

    Forgetting a Villian

    Imagine it is the year 2030, and you are talking to some young adults. To your horror, you find that they have never heard the name Osama bin Laden.

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  • January 2011

    Europe's Dark Roots

    The further we remove ourselves from a knowledge of Western and specifically European civilization, the more the Hitler era appears as a simplistic morality tale, almost as an invasion of otherworldly evil into a peaceful Christian continent.

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  • November 2010

    Myths of Terrorism

    It’s been a bad year for terrorism in the United States. Not bad, fortunately, in the number of actual attacks (at least at the time of this writing), but in the continuing debasement of the word terrorism, so that it ceases to be a useful characterization of behavior and becomes merely a propaganda slogan for interest groups.

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  • September 2010

    The Daughter of Time

    There are many familiar signs that one is growing old, but I would like to propose a new candidate for the list. You know you have lived a long time when ideas and theories that would once have been regarded as fatuous nonsense suddenly become respectable and mainstream.

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  • June 2010

    Designed to Fail

    In March, Congress approved a law that many observers see as a potential catastrophe, in terms of its devastating effects on our economic future, the growth of national indebtedness, and the long-term impact on the liberty of families and individuals.

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  • April 2010

    Well, Naturally, We're Gullible

    I love Sarah Palin. That’s not necessarily because of anything she believes or advocates, but because of the pleasure I derive from watching the apoplexy she causes in liberals, especially in a university setting.

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  • February 2010

    An Inconvenient History

    Over the past decade, climate change has been a permanent fixture in the headlines, and its implications are frightening. Depending on whom you believe, the earth might be on the verge of a warming trend that could devastate much of human civilization.

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  • November 2009

    Once There Was a War

    “Sut mae? Sut rydych chi?” I’m going to assume that most readers did not understand those phrases, which translate roughly to “How are you? How are things going?”

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  • August 2009

    Looking Backwards

    Hard cases make bad law, and since 2002 the exposure of some ugly criminal cases has stirred legislators in several states to contemplate dreadful legal innovations. However far removed these crimes may appear from regular mainstream American life, the legal principles involved threaten to wreak havoc in the coming decades.

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  • June 2009

    The End of the Chain

    The global decline of fertility rates may well be the single most important trend in the contemporary world, a phenomenon that will transform our societies into something radically different from anything in recent history.

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