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Ben R. Crenshaw

Ph.D. Student


B.A. Taylor University, History, 2011

M.A. Denver Seminary, Biblical Studies, 2017

M.A. Denver Seminary, Christian Apologetics & Ethics, 2018

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2021

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“I desired to study at Hillsdale because of its commitment to the search for truth and knowledge, by the application of first principles that are discovered through studying the great books of the Western tradition. ”

~ Ben R. Crenshaw


Ben R. Crenshaw was born in Dallas, but grew up in Georgia and Maine. He graduated summa cum laude from Taylor University, and then completed theological studies at Denver Seminary. He is an avid New England sports fan, but also likes hiking, biking, skiing, and other outdoor activities with his wife. He spends his free time building his library, making craft coffee, writing and running his website, and fellowshipping with family and friends. When not studying politics, he enjoys translating the New Testament and learning about Greek linguistics, philosophy, and Christian ethics.

Selected Articles and Publications

"Here's Why You Shouldn't Decolonize Your Bookshelf." The Federalist. June 16, 2020.

"The Misery of Democratic Socialism." The Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute. July 28, 2019.

With Brandon Myers. "In Defense of Pence: Commencement Controversies in an Outraged World." The Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute. May 15, 2019.

With Craig L. Blomberg. “Worship in the New Testament: A Concept Study.” In A Biblical Theology of Worship: Exegesis for Everyday Worshippers. Edited by Benjamin K. Forrest, Walter Kaiser Jr. and John R. Markley. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2019

With Craig L. Blomberg. “Discipleship in James.” In Following Jesus Christ: The New Testament Message of Discipleship for Today, 233-49. Edited by Clinton Arnold and John Goodrich, for the Michael Wilkins Festschrift. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2019.

Research Interests

Liberalism and the American Founding

Natural Law and Natural Rights

Religion and Politics

Political Theology and American Civil Religion

Abraham Lincoln

Karl Marx


Koiné Greek
Biblical Hebrew