It was the sacraments that drew Rachel Held Evans—formerly an evangelical Christian—to the Episcopal Church, she says.Read More
John Schmalzbauer is the Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies at Missouri State University. John's research focuses on religion in popular culture, American evangelicalism, American Catholicism, religious intellectual life, and religion in higher education. My book People of Faith: Religious Conviction in American Journalism and Higher Education (Cornell University Press) explores the role of religion in the careers of 40 prominent journalists and academics, including Cokie Roberts, Peter Steinfels, Kenneth Woodward, E.J. Dionne, Fred Barnes, Mary McGrory, John DiIulio, Andrew Greeley, George Marsden, and Mark Noll. He is currently working on the comeback of religion on campus, together with historian Kathleen Mahoney. John's writing has been featured in appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Books and Culture, Comment, and the Evangelical Studies Bulletin. He also has contributed to the Immanent Frame, Sojourners, Duke's Call & Response, the PBS NewsHour's Patchwork Nation, and Patheos. And John is co-investigator on the National Study of Campus Ministries.