Recent Mentions

The State Department has rejected this characterization of the conversation, but damage was still done, as Jacob Lupfer noted in a column for Religion News Service. 'Brownback should comment further,"' he wrote. He's 'done too little to distance himself from the anti-Muslim sentiments of the president who nominated him.'"
Award-winning religion reporter Kelsey Dallas quoted my RNS column in her roundup of the State Department's Ministerial on International Religious Freedom.
Deseret News, July 28, 2018

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily included my column in their digest of "What we're reading."
The State Department’s ministerial on religious freedom has a clear audience, writes Jacob Lupfer: conservative evangelicals.
The Atlantic, July 26, 2018

"I fear that for the time being, their efforts will come to naught but God bless them for witnessing to the facts that Democrats, as the party of solidarity, should show some solidarity toward the unborn as well as to their mothers."
Michael Sean Winters conmmented on my column on the Democrats for Life of America in his daily blog.
National Catholic Reporter, July 24, 2018

"Lupfer describes Kavanaugh as a 'doctrinaire conservative,' one who is 'more heavily and outwardly invested in his Catholic identity than his mentor [Justice Anthony Kennedy].' Is this because Kavanaugh is a lector at his parish? Is it because the nominee cited his work helping the poor while working for Catholic Charities? The red flag thrown by Lupfer was followed by some red meat for anti-Catholic bigots."
Catholic League president Bill Donohue inexplicably and obnoxiously calls me anti-Catholic in his bad-faith read of my column about how President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh moves the Catholic majority on the Supreme Court farther to the right.
Catholic League, July 12, 2018

“'Holiday means holy day,' Jacob Lupfer, a visiting professor at American University specializing in religion and politics, said in a Nov. 29 interview. 'It’s not even a secular term. It’s just more inclusive.'”
Journalist Joanna Piacenza interviewed me for an article about the annual "War on Christmas."
Morning Consult, December 7, 2017

"Whenever I ask DC insiders or faith leaders who best exemplifies conservative evangelical political engagement, they all mention his name. He was not just on everyone’s list. He was at the top of everyone’s list."
The Ethics & Public Policy Center included my post in its roundup of tributes to Michael Cromartie.
Ethics & Public Policy Center, September 8, 2017

"In an interview with National Review Online, Lupfer encouraged a cautious interpretation of the data."
A Natonal Review reporter interviewed me for an article about evangelcials' attitudes toward same-sex marriage.
National Review Online, July 20, 2017

"Seriously, it is good to know that Jacob Lupfer, who is not a man of the Right, is so broad-minded and tolerant. And he is not faking it, either; he has written before about the need for fairness to traditional Christians."
Rod Dreher responds to my "bad-faith" "review" of his book, The Benedict Option. (Delighted, as ever, to spar with my curmudgeonly conservative alter ego, I rebutted Dreher's rebutal here.)
The American Conservative, March 25, 2017

"Jacob Lupfer wrote a column over at Patheos asking that [Washington florist Baronelle] Stutzman not be financially ruined for taking her stand."
Professor Mark Silk engages my arguments in favor of conscience protections for socially conservative wedding vendors.
Religion News Service, March 10, 2017

“Ash Wednesday services are neither the time nor the place for churches to fight their perennial battles over LGBT affirmation.”
Several news outlets cited my column and blog post on "Glitter Ash Wednesday" in their articles about a LGBT-affirming witness some liberal churches used to begin Lent in 2017.
The Baltimore Sun, The Huffington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2017

"This study should provide journalists good grist for an article, with a book sure to follow, and Lupfer will remain a quotable source throughout the Trump Epoch.”
At least someone plans on reading my dissertation.
Get Religion, February 11, 2017.

"Others think that vastly understates and oversimplifies his role: 'Moore speaks for Baptists sometimes. But he also speaks to them,' wrote Jacob Lupfer.
Ed Kilgore quotes my Patheos blog in his post about how the Southern Baptist Convention's top public-policy spokesman could pay a price for opposing Trump.
New York Magazine, December 27, 2016.

"Austen Ivereigh, Jacob Lupfer, and Edward Pentin comment on today’s Reformation commemoration."
I was honored to have my writing on the Reformation anniversary recommended alongside the work of two prominent and highily respected journalists who write about Catholicism.
Catholic Herald, October 31, 2016.

"Jacob Lupfer, a scholar of American Christianity, has noticed that within evangelical Christianity, the pro- versus anti-Trump split has come down along lines that are not so much political, or even theological per se, but confessional."
Pascal Emanuel-Gobry cites my Patheos blog in his piece about Russell Moore delivering the 2016 Erasmus Lecture at First Things.
The Week, October 27, 2016.

“I’d feel better about Lupfer’s claims if I could point to scholarly fields where Christians are doing work that is clearly superior to what their secular colleagues are doing, or at least where Christians are blazing distinctive new ground.”
Alan Jacobs offers a few thoughts on my column about Christian intellectuals.
Snakes and Ladders, a blog by Alan Jacobs, September 2, 2016

“I tend to side with Lupfer, that the role of public intellectual has morphed since Niebuhr's day, so the question is more complicated than Jacobs suggests.”
Michael Sean Winters includes my commentary on Christian intellectuals in his blog roundup.
Distinctively Catholic, Michael Sean Winters's blog at the National Catholic Reporter, September 1, 2016

“Jacob Lupfer, a religion blogger, said the term conflates 'two distinctive traditions in the name of political expediency. And though they claim to be concerned about theological rigor, they create considerable confusion…Just because a few Catholics and evangelicals subscribe to the same conservative magazines does not mean there’s such a thing as evangelical Catholicism.'”
Michelle Boorstein quotes me in her article, "What it means that Mike Pence calls himself an 'evangelical Catholic.'"
The Washington Post, July 18, 2016

“This essay by Jacob Lupfer of Religion News Service makes little sense, and it starts right at the headline: “Why Richard Dawkins’ new book won’t win him many converts.”
"Friendly Atheist" Hemant Mehta critiques my "lazy" critique of Richard Dawkins.
Patheos, October 18, 2015

“Lupfer identifies a persistent narrative common to secular observers and religious progressives.”
Albert Mohler discusses my commentary about conservative evangelical colleges and the recent Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling.
The Briefing, a podcast by the Rev. Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., August 18, 2015

“If Jacob Lupfer (and my friend Damon Linker) were managing this, I wouldn’t worry. They’re not. They’re going to be steamrollered.”
Rod Dreher responds to my criticism of the Benedict Option.
The American Conservative, June 18, 2015

“…explains why evangelical leaders are unwilling to attempt compromise on same-sex marriage…”
The Deseret News cites my writing on evangelicals' responses to the shifting legal reality of same-sex marriage.
Deseret News, June 12, 2015

"Lupfer, like plenty of other pundits, assumes that Cruz is using his evangelical faith as political leverage — something Lupfer doesn’t think will pan out."
A news article on Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign cites my piece in The Daily Beast.
The Deseret News, April 1, 2015.

“…a thoughtful writer and personal friend echoes what some church bodies have long or at least more recently urged…”
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, responds to my column on the ecumenical concensus for nuclear disarmament.
The American Spectator, March 19, 2015

“A good many evangelicals hope to do far more than sow seeds of doubt about the morality of birth control.”
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responds to my commentary on evangelical unease over contraception.
The Washington Post, January 8, 2014


Audio & Video

My interview starts around 12:15

Part two in a series of interviews. Here, I explain why I started the Save OBU blog and offer some thoughts about the causes and effects of personnel and policy changes at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2010 and 2011. (Note: In the year or so after these videos were made, I softened my criticism after the wholesale takeover I feared never materialized.)