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The Uproar Over the 'Ultimate American Bible'

September 16, 2021
“Putting the Bible or placing American history within the Bible, or suggesting the U.S. is a source of revelation, is seen by many evangelicals as a kind of heresy,” said HDS Professor Catherine Brekus.
Quiz: Women's History and Religion

Quiz: Women's History and Religion

March 1, 2020

Who was arrested for trying to secure the vote for women? What percentage of the world's Hindu population is women? Who escaped slavery then became involved in moral reform and abolitionist work?

In honor of Women's History Month, test your knowledge of some religious aspects of how women have shaped world history. (Originally published in 2018)... Read more about Quiz: Women's History and Religion

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom panel

The State of Religious Freedom in the U.S.

July 15, 2019

Starting July 16, the U.S. Department of State will host its 3-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The event “brings together leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom, identify means to address religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, and promote greater respect and preservation of religious liberty for all.” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Vice President Michael Pence, and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are all expected to speak.

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Kimberly Blockett

HDS Researcher Uncovers a Long-lost Rebellious Evangelicalism

April 24, 2018

Kimberly Blockett was a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin when her thesis director, Nellie McKay, encouraged her to read a spiritual narrative from 1846 written by Zilpha Elaw, a free black woman who travelled up and down the East Coast of the U.S., even into slave states like Virginia, as an itinerant preacher from the early 1820s through 1840.... Read more about HDS Researcher Uncovers a Long-lost Rebellious Evangelicalism

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