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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  • May 2004

    As Cold as Charity

    Did anybody notice when Catholic Christianity ceased to be a religion in the United States? Not when it stopped being a popular or even a permissible religion, but when it became simply a nonreligion?

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  • <em>De Oppresso Liber</em>
    April 2004

    De Oppresso Liber

    To say that Edward Fitzgerald is a retired lawyer who has written a memoir of his military experiences in the 1950’s may not make his book sound at first like the most exciting literary project of the year.

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  • April 2004

    How Many Priests?

    For over a decade, the Roman Catholic Church has been in deep crisis over the issue of sexual abuse by Her clergy. That some priests had molested or raped children was indisputable, but just how many had offended?

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  • February 2004

    The Triumph of the Secular

    Having failed to establish much of a numerical presence in American society, the Episcopal Church, USA, succeeds in attracting attention by the continuing antics of a long parade of outrageous ecclesiastics.

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  • A Week of Thursdays
    February 2004

    A Week of Thursdays

    Robert Stove has written a readable and intelligent survey of secret policing, which he defines as “governments’ surveillance of their own subjects, as distinct from espionage.”

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  • November 2003

    Putting the Law in Lawrence

    Even among conservatives, opinions can differ on the outcome of Lawrence. A respectable libertarian view holds that government should have no role in private and intimate behavior of the sort at issue in this case, so, from that view, the decision was correct and overdue.

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  • August 2003

    How Erewhon Ended Ethnic Profiling

    Let me apologize. A massive technical glitch, involving distortions of the fourth dimension, has prevented me from researching the column I intended to write about ethnic and racial profiling.

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  • May 2003

    Goodbye, Senator McCarthy

    Hold on, let me make sure my word processor is in full Cliché Mode: “The specter of Senator McCarthy walks again in contemporary America.” Yes, that seems to be working properly.

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  • Scandals in the Church

    Any Catholic who hoped that the media might eventually find a new subject for horror stories would have been further disheartened this past January, when television and print media suggested that a whole new chapter was about to open in the ongoing abuse scandals.

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  • February 2003

    FDR: The Moral Reckoning

    Attached please find the proposal for my latest book, Franklin Roosevelt: The Anti-christ Unmasked. While I know some people will dismiss my thesis as foolish (or even “crazy”), the wave of recent books published by major presses like yours gives me reason to hope that the truth can at last be told.

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  • November 2002

    Of Priests and Peducators

    Over the past decade, I have been involved in public debate over the problem of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, and that experience has taught me a great deal about the way people come to understand—or, rather, misunderstand—social problems.

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  • October 2002

    Criminal of the Deepest Dye

    Steven Hatfill, if indeed he is responsible for the anthrax campaign in the United States last year, is a villainous criminal of the deepest dye, who deserves the harshest punishment the courts can impose.

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  • September 2002

    The Butler Didn’t Do It

    I would like to try my hand at detective stories, but I’m having some problems coming up with plausible conclusions.

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  • Often in the News

    Child molestation has been much in the news in the past few months, and as always in such debates, the issue of homosexuality is never far from the surface.

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  • June 2002

    The Crime of Consistency

    When future generations write the history of the Roman Catholic Church in North America, the year 2002 will loom large, since the crisis over child abuse by priests and other clergy has had such a devastating effect on the faithful.

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  • June 2002

    The Next Intelligence Crisis

    In the months since the attacks of September 11, 2001, we have heard a great deal about the need to repair the intelligence walls that should have been defending America.

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  • April 2002

    The Lessons of Leicester

    Until recently, the English city of Leicester was definitely not the sort of place that attracted tourists. It was a generic English town, neither a beneficiary of a high-tech boom, nor (especially) a victim of industrial collapse.

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  • Nor Shall My Sword Rest in My Hand
    March 2002

    Nor Shall My Sword Rest in My Hand

    When the United States government was seeking to retaliate for the terrorist attacks last year, it was not too difficult to name the obvious targets: Afghanistan (of course), Iraq, Somalia, and the rest of the world’s bandit states.

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  • March 2002

    Homophobia and Its Enemies

    It is easy enough to criticize the postmodern approaches that have become orthodoxy in humanities departments over the last couple of decades, but if postmodernism has taught us anything of value, it is that we are prisoners of our language.

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  • Mexican Mosques, Brazilian Buddhists
    January 2002

    Mexican Mosques, Brazilian Buddhists

    Diana Eck has produced some of the most valuable modern work on Indian religion. Her best-known book is probably Banaras (Columbia University Press, 1998), a wonderfully detailed examination of the sacred geography of the holy city that Westerners used to call “Benares.”

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