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What the Show Cosmos Gets Wrong about Religion—and Science

In its third episode, titled “When Knowledge Conquered Fear,” the new Cosmos reboot, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tells the story of the discovery …

By Elizabeth Yale

Review

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an

Denise A. Spellberg’s new book, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders offers a meticulously researched and incredibly detailed account not only of how Jefferson came to acquire a copy of the Qur’an in English but also of the broader historical circumstances of his political career and the role of religion in the period of the founding fathers.

By Juliane Hammer

Interview

The Establishment Clause: An Interview with Judge Guido Calabresi

On February 27, Judge Guido Calabresi visited Washington University in St. Louis to deliver the lecture, “What about the Establishment Clause?” The program was a …

By Marie Griffith

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Contraception v. Religious Freedom: Hobby Lobby Heads to the Supreme Court

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two religious exemption cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialty Store …

By Tracy Fessenden

Review

Darwin, Hitler, and the Hijacking of Evolutionary Theory

Was Hitler a Darwinian? Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory By Robert J. RichardsThe University of Chicago Press, 2013  Biology is not ideology. But with evolution, …

By Michael Schulson

Report

Shaun Casey Talks About Leading the State Department’s Faith-Based Office

Last August, to the delight of religion scholars everywhere, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that if he had college to do again, he …

By Mara Willard

Interview

Technology, Memory, and Jewish History: An Interview with Novelist Dara Horn

What are the proper limits of technology in our personal lives? Dara Horn’s new novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, takes up this question as …

By Rachel Gordan

Essay

Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill. How Did the Nation Get to this Point?

On February 14, news reports began to surface that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni planned to sign into law the nation’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, often referred …

By Jason Bruner

Report

In Upcoming Indian Election, the Legacy of Religious Violence Looms

On an overcast afternoon last November, Narendra Modi, the provocative and polarizing prime minister candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, descended by helicopter …

By Ilan Greenberg

Review

Pulled into the Maze: 12 Years a Slave

One of the most haunting scenes in the film 12 Years a Slave comes shortly after the main character Solomon Northup—now known by his enslavers …

By Rachel McBride Lindsey

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.

Maine

A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

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Should we teach religion in public schools? And if so, how?

How Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

By Mark A. Chancey

The Dangers of Religious Instruction in Public Schools

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We Must Teach about Religion in High Schools

By Joseph Laycock

To Teach or Not to Teach?

By Cynthia N. Dunbar

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