The History of Pews Is Just as Terrible and Embarrassing as You’d Imagine

Despite the advent of stadium-style seating and auditorium-like worship halls, the simple, ancient pew endures.

A Brief History of Snake Handling, in Case the Common Communion Cup Isn’t Enough of a Health Hazard for You

The story goes that Hensley wandered out into the wilderness to seek God’s will, which he was pretty sure would involve snakes.

How Seventh-Day Adventists Convinced You to Eat Breakfast Cereal

We devote huge amounts of time and energy guilting each other over what we eat.

That Time the Church Had One Pope, and Then Two Popes, and Then Three Popes

With multiple popes in play, the people could freely listen to whichever pope was convenient for them at the time, sort of like national church-shopping.

The Crusaders Who Missed the Holy Land by a Couple Thousand Miles

The Crusades began with the medieval equivalent of drunk-texting an ex.

The Crumbling Chicken Church in Java

What does it mean when God gives you a dream—and then the dream dies?

Exploring Embodied Racism in Get Out and The Thing with Two Heads

The racism Peele is poking at in Get Out is a sort that’s proven difficult, if not impossible, to excise from American culture.

The Christian Relic Nobody Wants to Talk About

The people of Calcata continued to parade through the streets with the prepuce every January 1 almost until Return of the Jedi hit theaters.

The Fake Kidnapping Scandal That Almost Destroyed a Megachurch Pioneer

It turns out church scandals and culture wars weren’t invented last week.

The Bridesmaid and the Sweaty Man: A Parable about Celebrity Conversions

Not only do Christians obsess over celebrities’ relationships as much as anyone else; we speculate endlessly about their spiritual lives, too.

In Californication, Characters Struggle with the Aftermath of the Sexual Revolution

The unchecked expression of sexual desires tends to harm the most vulnerable among us.

The Story of Those Little Communion Cups, Whatever Those Are Technically Called

Communion may be the moment where God and man meet face-to-face, which is cool and all, but yeesh, get on with it, God.

The Anabaptist Who Got His Junk Münster-Mashed

In Münster, there was general agreement they needed to be following the teachings of Christianity — the only problem was, whose version?

The Severed Puritan Head That Traveled the World

Like Oliver Cromwell, people have a tendency to become the things they hate.

Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts, Free for CAPC Members

In Imagine, Steve Turner proposes that Christians ought to learn to understand art better and should feel able to participate in the arts more freely.

When Jerry Hugged Larry: Throwing Down Our Weapons in a War of Unpopular Ideas

Censorship is great—as long as you’re the one holding the Sharpie in the culture war.