Religious History Blogs

By October 27, 2007

Perhaps of interest to our readers, here are links to two blogs devoted to U.S. Religious History. 

The first, Religion in American History, is run by Paul Harvey, noted historian of religion in the South, and author of some great books.  Other contributing editors include a number of religious historians around the nation.  Among those editors is John Turner, assistant professor of history at the University of South Alabama, who is currently researching Brigham Young’s religiosity.  The blog has a number of posts that discuss Mormonism, and help situate both historical and contemporary Mormonism in wider frameworks.

The second blog, American Religious History, is a fantastic source for book reviews, interesting posts on all aspects of American religious history, and contains a detailed bibliography of Religion, Politics, and American Culture.  Recently, the blog reviewed Jan Shipps’s Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition.  While most readers here are probably familiar with the book, it is always interesting and valuable to see what sticks out to others in Mormonism.

I would direct all interested readers to these two blogs and encourage you to keep up with them regularly.  Links to both blogs are located on the sidebar.


  1. Chris: These really are some great blogs, and the fact that they deal with Mormonism is especially great. In one of Harvey’s posts (on Pioneer Day) he includes this sentence, which I think is great:

    “[I]t’s time for American religious historians to incorporate Mormonism more carefully into the narratives and scholarship, beyond recounting the nineteenth-century originating events of the church.”

    I think the same could be said for what Mormon historians should be doing: that we need to incorporate Mormonism into wider narratives.

    Comment by David Grua — October 27, 2007 @ 2:11 pm


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