Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard is James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies at the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. His "Can I Get a Witness?" column appears biweekly at ABPnews.com.

Religion’s killing fields: When will we ever learn?

Religious people have been decapitating, burning, hacking and bombing each other to death in God’s name for a long time.

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Conversion crisis?

Is it time to reconsider Protestant approaches to religious experience in 21st-century culture? Five ways that could happen.

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The ‘Dogma of Revelation’ revisited (again)

Truth is, Christians have long changed, adapted or overlooked “timeless” dogmas.

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Appalachian preaching: ‘A Hart Cheareing and Affecting Surmond’

The gospel implications proclaimed by mountain preachers could re-form our own religious dilemmas.

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‘He Tells Me I Am His Own?’ Maybe …

As numbers of persons distance themselves from the nurture and evangelical witness of the church, now what?

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Debtors!

Love may be easy; it’s the neighbors who are difficult

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If they are black

It may be less immediately important that our churches be integrated than that we recommit ourselves to listening to one another.

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Grappling with the changing sociology of Sunday

Changes in culture’s attitude toward the first day of the week aren’t temporary flashes in the ecclesiastical pan, and American religious history may offer clues for dealing with the current religio-cultural transitions.  

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Protecting Christians and Yazidis: Elusive religious freedom

Barbarisms in the name of religion demand a response.

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Wars and rumors of … religion

With war comes bad religion, masquerading as authentic faith.

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