Monthly Archives: November 2015

Purchase Signed Copies of *American Exceptionalism* Here at the Blog


I am pleased to offer signed copies of American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion directly from TBYFA through Paypal.

Order your copy by clicking on the “Buy Now” button on the right column. When I receive your order, I will sign your copy and place it in the mail to your address on the same day. Copies are $24.00 each, and I will cover the shipping costs for you.

Thanks to Mark Cheathem, author of Andrew Jackson, Southerner, for this great idea. I bought a signed copy of his fine work through his blog back in 2014 when it came out. So, I can vouch for the reliability of this system! And head over to Mark’s website and get your copy of his excellent biography of Andrew Jackson today!


Meet Hank the Cat


Hank is a real go-getter. He’s motivated, energetic, animated, lively, a free spirit, ambitious, imaginative, inspiring, a born leader, and generally incandescent.

Actually, Hank is pretty lazy. He also doesn’t like me very much. He only lets me pet him when he’s paralyzed by drowsiness in the middle of the afternoon. But he does love my children. In fact, he considers himself to be their cat. He’s not sure who I even am, or what contribution I make to the family at all. Usually, all I have to do is reach my hand in his direction and he runs from me.

But Hank is the only other man in the house. So, we do have that in common. Me and Hank.

Keep it real, Hank.

On the Road with American Exceptionalism


Over the next few months, I’m thrilled to be giving interviews and talks on American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea. I’ll be heading to Atlanta next week to the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society to present on John Foster Dulles and the exceptionalist view of an American foreign policy based on a sense of a divine calling. Just after that in early December, I’ll be in Ft. Worth at SWBTS’s main campus to speak at the Land Center. In January, I’ll be giving a presentation on the book and having a book signing at North Oaks Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. I’ll also be heading up to The Brooks School in Massachusetts to give a talk on the book and co-teach a course on race and inequality with Edward Carson (The Professor). And in April, I’ll be speaking at Sienna Ranch Baptist Church in Missouri City, Texas.

The book seems to be doing well and I’ve had quite a bit of feedback on it in the short time it has been out. I have much to be encouraged about and thankful for in that regard. If your school, church, civic organization, media outlet, or community group would like to set up a speaking engagement, I’d be honored to come. See the Speaking page in the menu above for my full schedule, and contact me at I hope that the book can make a difference, and I look forward to much constructive engagement.

American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion Has Its 1st Media Appearance


Head over to Liz Covart’s early American history podcast, Ben Franklin’s World and listen to our conversation about American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion. I am a big fan of Liz’s podcast. She interviews authors of fascinating new books in the field of early US history, folks like Jessica Parr, Robert Middlekauf, John Ferling, and Eric Foner. I was thrilled and honored that she included me in her lineup.

Ben Franklin’s World is accessible via an Android or IOS app, so you can listen while you’re traveling. Consider also supporting BFW through a financial gift. If you’re like me, you will make listening to BFW a weekly ritual–new episodes go live every Tuesday.

Happy All Saints Day!

So awesome!