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.

Uncoerced faith remains a burning question

Some Baptists in the 17th century asserted that “not the gallows, nor the prisons, nor burning, nor banishing” can defend Christianity. We would do well to listen to them.

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Salvation and shape notes

The music put theology in the mouths of generations of folks who may never have connected with theological concepts.

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Critiquing Islam — and ourselves

Before condemning another religion for inherent violence, we need to look at our own.

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Tasting the Kingdom

An experience at a congregation whose “liturgy may be blown away by the Spirit at any moment.”

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Epiphanic moments

Changing the way we view the world.

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A nation confronted by conscience

What does it mean and how do we sustain it?

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Advent: Jesus’ DNA?

Once more, that divine-human dilemma.

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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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