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An Interview with Karen Prior on Her New Biography of Hannah More

Nov 03, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Karen Swallow Prior’s new biography of Hannah More (1745-1833) is now available: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014).

As Mark Noll explains:

Hannah More was an educational pioneer and a best-selling evangelical author of “cheap tracts” for England’s poor in the tumultuous years of the American and French Revolutions. As educator, writer, reformer, and public Christian she was much lauded, but also much lampooned, during her own lifetime. With careful research, balanced judgments, accessible prose, and unusual insight, Karen Swallow Prior’s biography shows clearly why Hannah More made such an important impact in her own age, and also why her life can speak in significant ways to readers today.

Dr. Prior, Professor of English at Liberty University, recently answered a few questions about Mrs. More and the new biography:

How did you first become interested in Hannah More?

I was researching another eighteenth century writer for my doctoral dissertation when I stumbled across Hannah More after a day of prayer and fasting over my floundering research efforts. I had never heard of her before, and neither had my dissertation chair. But I instantly knew that this was who I needed to write about in my dissertation. Once I convinced my dissertation chair of that, I did. When I finished, one of my academic advisors (a professed agnostic) urged me to write a biography of More for a general reading audience.

Eighteenth-century English society seems to be marked by a series of chasms separating people—socially, economically, religiously, and culturally. How …

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70 Years Ago Today: The Conversion of J. I. Packer

Oct 22, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A narration of how the great theologian came to faith as an awkward 18-year-old university student during his first year at Oxford.

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A Historian’s New Interpretive Study of Billy Graham and American Culture

Oct 10, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A historian of Christianity from Duke Divinity School pens a new book on “America’s pastor.”

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David Powlison: A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading

Aug 29, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Powlison explains that the author of this novel does not write as a Christian, but he can awaken within Christian readers things that stream in the direction of whole-souled worship.

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Whitefield and the Great Awakening: Two Things to Watch for This October

Aug 27, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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To mark the 300th birthday of Whitefield later this year, there will be a conference and a new biography.

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Louis Zamperini (1917-2014)

Jul 03, 2014 | Justin Taylor

The Olympic hero turned POW turned believer in Jesus is now with the Lord. Here are the things to read and watch on this man who was rescued more than once.

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George Marsden Lecture: “Jonathan Edwards for the Twenty-first Century”

May 14, 2014 | Justin Taylor

If George Marsden only had 45 minutes to talk about Jonathan Edwards, what would he say? He answers that in this lecture.

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The Fierce Urgency of Bonhoeffer’s Final Questions: In 5 Acts

May 07, 2014 | Justin Taylor

A lecture from a new and compelling biography of Bonhoeffer.

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George Whitefield: Lessons from Eighteenth Century’s Greatest Evangelist

May 02, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A notice on Thomas Kidd’s much-anticipated biography of George Whitefield, along with a recent lecture by him and some other publications of note.

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Logic on Fire: The Life & Legacy of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Apr 11, 2014 | Justin Taylor

An introduction to a forthcoming documentary and a chance to win MLJ’s 14-volume commentary set on Romans.

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10 Key Events: Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism in 20th Century America

Apr 08, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Seeking to trace some of the key happenings over this past century as fundamentalists battled modernists, and as fundamentalists and neo-evangelicals went on to go their separate way.

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At What Point in Pilgrim’s Progress Does Christian Get Saved?

Apr 07, 2014 | Justin Taylor

A good answer from a professor who teaches Pilgrim’s Progress.

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Happy Saint Patrick

Mar 17, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A video overview of this great Christian’s life, along with some helpful resources from Professor Michael Haykin.

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Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian?

Feb 18, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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Lincoln biographer Allen Guellzo explains that he was something close to a deist.

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George Marsden on the 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief

Feb 10, 2014 | Justin Taylor

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A new book by one of the preeminent historians of American culture and religion, including links to a new interview of Marsden by Al Mohler and a podcast discussion with John Wilson and Stan Guthrie.

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