Essay

Holt v. Hobbs: Does a Muslim Prisoner’s Case Foreshadow the End of Affirmative Action?

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of an Arkansas inmate who had been barred from growing, for religious reasons, a half-inch beard …

By Dawinder Sidhu

Essay

The Politics of Poverty and Race

This month marks 51 years since Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” speech. On January 8, 1964, during his State of the Union address, he urged …

By Jamil Drake

Interview

The Fate of American Religious Freedom: An Interview with Legal Scholar Steven D. Smith

In the wake of important judicial rulings on culture war issues such as same-sex marriage and contraception, “religious freedom” has emerged as one of the …

By Eric C. Miller

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Report

Pope Francis Causes Division Among Cubans in Miami

Hours after the news broke in December that the United States and Cuba were reinstating diplomatic relations, I arrived at a Catholic Church in one …

By Alfredo Garcia

Essay

Marilynne Robinson in Montgomery

Marilynne Robinson’s new novel Lila has been greeted with rapture—not just by critics but also by a host of readers who rely on Robinson for …

By Briallen Hopper

Report

Ebola and U.S. Hospital Chaplains: A (Deliberately) Untold Story

In August, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, medical missionaries who were serving in Liberia, arrived at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. The facility was the …

By Betsy Shirley

Interview

Do Liberals Always Win? An Interview with Stephen Prothero

On October 23, Stephen Prothero spoke at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the Danforth Distinguished Lectures, sponsored by the John C. Danforth …

By Jack West

Essay

Local Religious Leaders Respond to Ferguson

Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, St. Louis County, on August 9, 2014, and especially since the November 24 announcement that the grand …

By The Editors

Report

The Protestant Mainline Goes to Washington

On a Sunday morning this past October, some 1,500 preachers and ministers across the country joined in a nationwide protest they called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. …

By Gene Zubovich

Essay

After the Midterms, Where Can Congress and Obama Find Consensus?

Abetter-than-expected performance in the recent congressional midterm elections left the Republican Party in control of both houses of Congress. Not only did the GOP capture …

By Dan Cox

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Illinois

An Autoworker Reconciles God and Mammon

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