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Victorian Skeptics on the Road to Damascus
Former atheist Antony Flew's admission of the existence of God shocked believers and skeptics alike, but such a turnaround is far from unique. In the 19th century, many leading intellectuals who had once lost their faith ended up reconverting.
The Quest for the Perfect Atheist
Susan Jacoby's biography of Robert Ingersoll mistakes a likeable fellow with a second-rate mind for a "freethinking" hall-of-famer.
Marilynne Robinson’s Latest Novel Probes the Mysteries of Predestination and Grace
Jack Boughton, the wayward pastor’s son, is a central character. So is Jesus.
When Evangelicals Ruled
Between 1850 and 1900 evangelicals dominated the English speaking world, says David Bebbington.
Bonhoeffer Against the World
How did a young man with no apparent power become a hero of the faith? A new biography explains.
The Power of Books
For the Victorians, reading could be the doorway to doubt—or to faith.
Revival Fire
Christian colleges are among the few places left where traditional revival occurs, and Asbury is the most recent example.
When did Sunday Schools start?
For a long time, they were the only way working-class families could receive an education.
A Portrait of America’s First Atheists
What life was like for unbelievers long before Christopher Hitchens and company arrived on the scene.
You Can’t Reject a Faith You Never Knew
Historian Alec Ryrie offers a revisionist take on the roots of unbelief. But there’s another story that needs telling.

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Jefferson Tried to ‘Fix’ the Bible. He Only Succeeded in Making It Sad.
Thomas Jefferson Tried to ‘Fix’ the Bible. He Only Succeeded in Making It Sad.
The third president’s attempts to revise Scripture offer a warning about our own tendency to “edit” the truth.

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