Resources on History

It is impossible to separate the story of Christianity from the history of Africa. The early theologians of the church were from Africa, and some of the oldest communities of Christianity began in Africa. In honor of African-American history month,... Continue...

Frederick Douglass was an incredible and important figure in American history. This man who was a slave-turned-preacher, spoke with a conviction that turned the hearts of many. David Blight, in his book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, traces his life... Continue...

In American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History (2014), a host of scholars acknowledge their indebtedness to the historian widely regarded as “the dean of evangelical history.” The editors insist, “George Marsden’s illustrious career bears witness... Continue...

“What use to me are crown, land, folk and fame? They cannot cheer my breast. War’s in the land, alas, and on my name I pray no guilt may rest.” M. Claudius [adapted by Dietrich Bonhoeffer] Imagine yourself addressing, not... Continue...

Martin Luther never met Johann Sebastian Bach. The two Germans were born more than 200 years apart. But without Luther, there would be no Bach. At 48 years old, when Bach received a copy of Luther’s translation of the Bible, he... Continue...

This Saturday marks the quincentennial of King Charles V of Spain authorizing the slave trade from Africa to the New World. Here are five facts you should know about the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition. 1. The Spanish merchant... Continue...

The Justice Department announced last week that it was reopening an investigation into the 1955 murder and torture of Emmett Till. Here are five facts you should know about one of the most notorious lynchings in modern American history.  1.... Continue...

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31. Here are five facts you should know about the high court’s primary “swing vote” on social issues: 1. Anthony Kennedy, age 81,... Continue...

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act on 1968. Here are five facts about the final great legislative achievement of the civil rights era. 1. The original goal of the Civil Rights Act of... Continue...

One of the great pleasures of my life is to read biographies of U.S. presidents. These are not the only types of biographies I read. I try to read about figures in church history, world leaders, and other interesting people,... Continue...