About Us

Magic City Religion is a project of the Department of Biblical & Religious Studies in Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

David R. Bains, professor and editor

David Bains first arrived in Birmingham on Valentine’s Day 1999. Within twenty-four hours he was treated to meals at the Bright Star, the Tutwiler, and Niki’s West. this immediately imparted in him a love for the history and culture of Jefferson County. His favorite way to explore Birmingham is by bicycle.

He teaches courses on Christianity, the United States, and World Religions, in Samford University’s Department of Biblical and Religious Studies. His research explores intersections of theology, place, worship, and American religious culture. Recent publications include “Beliefs and Practices,” in The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America (Columbia University Press, 2018) and a critical edition of the early writings of the church historian Philip Schaff, The Development of the Church (Wipf and Stock, 2017). He blogs at www.chasingchurches.com.

Solo Authors

Lauren Center ’20 is a religion major. She also assisted in developing and maintaining this website.