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The Conference on Faith & History Newsletter
November 2016 / Volume 21 / Number 7
CFH 2016 Panel on "Teaching Women's History at Christian Institutions." Presenters: Andrea Turpin, Tanya Hart, Susan Hanssen, Kristin Kobes DuMez, and Kathryn Long.

Note from President Jay Green

Dear CFH Members –
                On behalf of the Board of the Conference on Faith and History, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Beth Allison Barr of Baylor University for her yeoman’s work of conceiving, organizing, and pulling together the excellent program for our 2016 biennial meeting at Regent University.  Many exceptional breakout and plenary sessions explored themes of race, gender, and identity, providing numerous opportunities for folks to gather around key challenges we face as Christian historians.  We were especially delighted to welcome so many new and diverse voices to the CFH conversation at this meeting.  Without a doubt, more women attended and presented at our 2016 gather than at any meeting in our history!
                Thanks too goes to Josh McMullen, our Regent University host.  Josh not only did all of the leg work on the ground for hosting us, but, as many of you know, he was tasked with changing every detail of the Saturday program due to a last minute Donald Trump rally scheduled that afternoon on Regent’s campus.  Josh handled the pressures of the job with grace and seeming ease, offering us a great setting for learning, fellowship, and serious conversation.  Thanks to all of you who attended and helped make the meeting such a success.  There are good reasons to be encouraged about the CFH and its future.
                I wanted to say a word or two as a follow-up to my Friday evening presidential address at Regent.  My aim was to look back at some of what I believe was part of the founding genius of the CFH as a way to help orient ourselves as we move forward.  I suggested that the CFH at its founding organized around a certain kind of “identity politics,” in that the founding generation made personal belief and personal identity—rather than subject matter or methodology—our organizing principle.  I argued that, despite the fact that we broadened our membership requirements in 2004, evangelical belief and identity remains an unmistakable feature of our organizational DNA. 
                I argued this not to suggest that we should again limit our organizational mission to ONLY those of evangelical conviction or identification.  (I considered some reasons why this might be problematic in any case).  In fact, I am thrilled by the diverse number of broadly Christian historians that have joined our ranks during the past decade or so!  My deeper concern is that we, like the founding generation, maintain our primary religious reason for being.   It would be tempting for us gradually to become a merely professional organization that gathers to talk about religion.  If we move in that direction, we will not only diminish a rich kind of conversation available nowhere else, but we also run the risk of losing what makes us a unique kind of space. 
                The Conference on Faith and History has the capacity to offer the broader Christian world an historically informed brand of intellectual leadership that it badly needs.  I pray that we will maintain a vital interest in what George Marsden once called “the spiritual vision of history,” and that we will continue to provide a space where believing historians studying every aspect of the human past can gather for challenging discussions about our craft and its value for living faithfully in our world informed by Christian ideas and values.  While we may no longer be exclusively “evangelical” in our makeup or in the specifics of our convictions, I believe we can continue to share in a vital and authentic Christian identity that can nourish our organization’s life in the generation to come.  May God help us. 
Grace and peace,


Dialogue about Todd Hartch, The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity (Oxford Studies in World Christianity, Oxford University Press, 2014)

Saturday, January 7, 2017: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Chair: Joel A. Carpenter, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity


  • Todd F. Hartch, Eastern Kentucky University

  • Daniel Ramirez, Claremont Graduate University and author, Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

  • Kathryn T. Long, Wheaton College, author of The Revival of 1857-58: Interpreting an American Religious Awakening (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Preregister now (rates increase on December 16)
Book your hotel (AHA discounted rates of $119 per night available until December 12)
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The meeting this year offers an unparalleled variety of sessions, workshops, and other events. View a full conference program online.

Call for Papers
Western Regional Conference on Faith and History
October 14, 2017
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Paper Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2017
The Western Regional Conference on Faith and History (WRCFH) will hold its biennial meeting on October 14, 2017 in conjunction with the following conference sponsored by Azusa Pacific University:
Reformation Reverberations:  Consequences & Challenges of Change, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, October 12-14, 2017The plenary speakers will be Brad S. Gregory, Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History (University of Notre Dame) and Mia M. Mochizuki, Associate Professor of the History of Art (New York University, Abu Dhabi and Institute of Fine Arts).  The conference welcomes papers addressing the origins of the Reformation, the events, alternatives and repercussions of the Reformation in the early modern world, as well as the historical and contemporary implications of the Reformation, over the last 500 years and across the globe. 
The WRCFH will organize sessions for its members as part of the Reformation Reverberation conference. Interested scholars and graduate students are encouraged to submit relevant paper proposals. For individual papers, please submit a 500-word abstract of the paper along with a brief CV, and for full panels, please submit a 500-word abstract of each paper along with brief CVs of each participant, to , ATTN:  Western Regional CFH, by March 1, 2017.

Sadly: After 21 years, Books & Culture will cease publication after the release of its November/December 2016 issue.  Many CFH members have been involved.

Have specializations in primary fields other than Canadian history and modern German history
(e.g. ancient, medieval, non-western, or thematic history)

Dean of Arts and Humanities at Hope College

History (Ancient and Medieval European)

Congratulations to Jonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture, by Jonathan Yeager. Book of the Year in Edwardseana.

Western Regional CFH:
JUST ELECTED: Lorree Hunnicutt past president, John Ayabe president, and Veronica Gutierrez as president-elect of Western Region of CFH.

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Recent CFH Member Publications
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Congratulations to Shivraj Mahendra our very busy CFH Graduate Student Representative. He published a collection of Christian poems in Hindi. The book is titled "Masih Mera Pyar" meaning Christ My Love.

In June he published a paper "Ban on Beef and the Politics of Food: An Intercultural Analysis" in New Life Theological Journal (India).

New and forthcoming books from John Wilsey, D.H. Dilbeck, K. Alan Snyder, Andrea Turpin, and Thomas Kidd.

CFH new board member, Historian Lisa Clark Diller, teaching the theology of Seventh Day Adventists.
Jesus in Our Theology   Lisa Clark Diller   Sydney 2012 HD
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