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Author Beth Allison Barr

Beth Allison Barr is an associate dean in the Baylor Graduate School, an associate professor of history at Baylor University and a resident scholar at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.

I will join my kids this week for our annual pumpkin carving in preparation for Halloween. According to a LifeWay poll, however, I am among a slight minority (49 percent) of evangelical Christians who participate fully in Halloween activities. Fifty-one percent of evangelical Christians either avoid Halloween completely (28 percent) or avoid the “pagan elements” […] Read More

I bought Easter candy for my students. It was a mistake. Although the students made a valiant effort to eat as much as possible, they left a few Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (a particular weakness of mine) in the candy basket. Needless to say, they didn’t last long. Reese’s Eggs are just one of many […] Read More