Nadya Williams

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Nadya Williams grew up in Russia and Israel, but has now lived longer in Georgia than anywhere else. She is Professor of Ancient History at the University of West Georgia. Her current book project, Cultural Christians in the Early Church, is under contract with Zondervan. Along with her husband, Dan, she gets to experience the joys, frustrations, and tribulations of homeschooling their three children.

Recent Essays

The Only Way is Up

It is a terrifying responsibility every single day, for a preschooler’s capacity to find ever creative ways to put herself in danger does not always match up with the parent’s ability to foresee said dangers. And yet, without the wonder of exploration, how could anyone ever truly learn about the world?

The Cake of Many Layers: Walking a City through Time

To walk a place is to open the door to the possibility that you will grow to love it. With time, you could get to know it in an intimate way. Streets or roads or wild forest paths that we walk for the first time can be the object of wonder, even if sometimes also mingled with fear and mistrust.

Politics and the Petting Zoo

What if our expectations of politicians whom we mock or despise are simply unrealistic and guided by the standards of this world? The faith of some regular Americans in their ability to achieve social reform already amazed de Tocqueville in the 1830s. But this mindset, flowing so naturally from the much-lauded Protestant work ethic lulls us into this optimistic feeling that somehow we can just muscle our way to a perfect solution or compromise, if only we work hard.