The Bread of God's Book Saint Bernard and Holy Scripture John Van Engen is a Professor of History in the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
How We Got Our Bible: A Gallery of Mavericks & Misfits The key players in the history of the Bible haven't necessarily been popular—or orthodox. Stephen M. Miller is a free-lance writer, formerly editor of Illustrated Bible Life. He is a consulting editor of CHRISTIAN HISTORY.
Origen: Model or Heretic? He created controversy when he tried to explain the gospel in terms his culture could grasp. Kenneth R. Calvert
The First Battle For the Bible A century after Christ's death, a literalist and a spiritualizer forced the church to choose how it would read the Scriptures it inherited from the Jews Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
Origen: Friend or Foe? By turns bizarre and insightful, Origen's allegorical forays remain fascinating reading today. John R. Franke
Opponents of Allegory The scholars at Antioch rejected allegory in favor of history. But their interpretive method led some into heresy. Steven Gertz
Scripture Saturation To achieve holiness, believed the early monks, you must soak in the moral sense of the Word. Patrick Henry Reardon
Anatomy of an Explosion It's an indelible image: the white missionary venturing into deepset Africa. But the real story is what happened when African converts relayed the gospel message in their own words. an interview with Dr. Ogbu Kalu
Bishop Before His Time Samuel Ajayi Crowther's consecration as the first African Anglican bishop looked like a great leap forward for the church. But the talented ex-slave collided with the roadblock of racism Ted Olsen