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James Bratt

James Bratt is professor of history emeritus at Calvin College, specializing in American religious history and especially the connections between religion and politics. Starting in Fall 2016 he took a break from blogging on The Twelve to teach in China and on the Semester at Sea, which venues afforded him some welcome distance from the USA’s descent into its current mortal illness. But now he’s back in the States, looking for hope. His most recent book (which he edited and completed for the late John Woolverton) is  “A Christian and a Democrat”: Religion in the Life and Leadership of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


Let’s jump back a century and see what 1922 had to offer by way of events and auguries.
January 1, 2022

The Guns of August

It’s August that really should be named January, after the two-faced god. The month can come on like a blast-furnace,…
August 8, 2019


All the talk last week about the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing made me wonder what other semi-centennials…
July 25, 2019

Pursuing Paul

Temple of Apollo, Corinth, with temple of Aphrodite on the acropolis behind. Thanks to Laura de Jong for filling in…
May 30, 2019