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Douglas is the Editor-at-Large of OnFaith. He works with new and established writers to bring compelling stories about the complexities of faith and society to a wider public. Doug comes to this role as an internationally-recognized scholar of religion who also writes regularly for public audiences. His interest in the history of religion stems from his twenty-one years of Catholic education, with eight years spent in Jesuit schools. He has held teaching positions at Georgetown and, currently, at Saint Louis University where he is an Associate Professor of History.

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Associate Professor of History
03/06/2017

Crossing the Faith Divide, With Technology

The time is right for thinking differently about how and where people find meaning in their lives--and how to use technology to form better bonds w...
02/26/2017
06/17/2016

The Archaeological Quest for the Earliest Christians

An essay that originally appeared at Biblical Archaeology.
06/17/2016

Was There Religious Extremism in Ancient Rome?

An essay on SPQR by Mary Beard, originally at ReligiousDirt.com
06/17/2016

What Difference Did Constantine Make?

An essay on the rise of Constantine and the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Originally appeared at religiousdirt.com.
06/03/2016

Good Friday in Austin, Texas (March 2016)

The Stations of the Cross, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, enacted on Good Friday by the parishioners, families, and neighbors of Saint Jul...
05/23/2016

Chinese Tomb guardian

Photo of a Han dynasty (1-3rd century CE) tomb guardian, called a zhenmuyong. From central China. Made of terracotta and placed a tomb to drive awa...
05/23/2016

How Christianity Really Started (Huffington Post)

Originally appeared at the Huffington Post as "How Christianity Really Started" March 12, 2015
05/23/2016

The Early Christians of the Roman Empire: SLU Expert Douglas Boin, Ph.D.

How did Christians grow their movement in the early Roman empire? History books seem to all tell the same story of a few outspoken martyrs who were...
04/22/2016

Buddha from Mathura, India

A colossal portrait of the Buddha from Mathura, India, now in the Musée Guimet in Paris. It dates to the early fifth century CE.
06/19/2015

The Great Synagogue, Budapest

The Dohány Street synagogue (the "Great Synagogue") in Budapest, Hungary, built 1854-1859. In front is Imra Varga's weeping willow sculpture, the M...
02/28/2015

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Originally a church dedicated to "Holy Wisdom," then later, a mosque, now a museum.
02/28/2015

Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher

The church of the Holy Sepulcher, seen from above. Jerusalem.
"Also in attendance: Bishop Paul Tighe, the first ever SXSW attendee sent from the Vatican to talk about faith and technology." read more
"You can check out a list of other "religion"-based panels at SXSW over at Medium." read more
"A trend being observed elsewhere, across denominations, as in this related piece on church attendance by Emma Green at The Atlantic." read more
"Spot on. I love this observation (and I agree with the difficulty of "picking categories." I face the same challenge). Glad that you posted this!" read more
"The historian Kevin Kruse has a great book about how God gradually grew to be more and more of a presence in 20th century American culture; his the..." read more
"To me, this sentence is really Simran's crucial insight; why has it taken so long for others to wake up to this perspective of our own neighbors?" read more
"Coverage of Condoleeza Rice's statement is here (with her Facebook post). " read more
"A great point. The question called for reflection and re-evaluation. All Pence seemed able to do was think more deeply about what he already knows...." read more
"Add to that some disheartening, recent news -- from TIME.com -- that "one of the largest evangelical organizations on college campuses nationwide h..." read more
"Interesting blog post by the historian of U.S. religion, John Fea, who was following the VP Debate very closely for issues of faith and spiritualit..." read more
"Did you know that since 2002 the University of Mary Washington has hosted an annual lecture on religious freedom, sponsored by the Classics, Religi..." read more
"http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-reza-aslan-believer-cnn-20150321-story.html" read more
"Interesting from a historical perspective is that 1 Corinthians was not Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. At 1 Corinthians 5:9, he makes ment..." read more
"This image, in particular, shows the remains of a baptistry (at left) and a procession of women (at right). The traditional interpretation of this ..." read more
"Found in Rome, on the central Palatine hill of the city, the graffito (or scratched wall drawing) has been dated to the third century A.D. It depic..." read more

Douglas Boin shared Jon Meacham's post The Dangers of Blind Belief

This Presidential Season, Will Faith Shape Us or Strangle Us?

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Add to that some disheartening, recent news -- from TIME.com -- t... view more

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Interesting blog post by the historian of U.S. religion, John Fea, who was following the VP Debate very closely for issues of faith and spirituality:  view more

Douglas Boin shared Douglas Boin's post Good Friday in Austin, Texas (March 2016)

The Stations of the Cross, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, enacted on Good Friday by the parishioners, families, and neighbors of Saint Julia Catholic Church in Aus... view more