Essay

An Atheist for President?

When Donald Trump spoke to a group of evangelical leaders in New York early this past summer, he insinuated that Hillary Clinton’s Christian faith was …

By Leigh Eric Schmidt

Essay

Why Donald Trump Is Losing Catholic Voters

Even early in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, there were signs that he might struggle to win the hearts of Catholic voters. He was competing for …

By Jacob Lupfer

Review

The Mormon Council of Fifty: What Joseph Smith’s Secret Records Reveal

In 1844, the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith surrendered himself to state authorities after destroying an anti-Mormon printing press in Nauvoo, Illinois. When he was sent …

By Benjamin E. Park

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Interview

What Phyllis Schlafly Believed: An Unreleased Interview with the Late Anti-Feminist Activist

Phyllis Schlafly, who died yesterday at the age of 92, will long be remembered as one of the most politically consequential figures of her time. …

By Marie Griffith

Essay

Congressional Chaplains: Can They Welcome All Religions and No Religion at All?

This past spring, on the National Day of Prayer, the Freedom from Religion Foundation—a group that advocates for the separation of church and state—filed suit …

By Wendy Cadge

Report

Aboard Noah’s Ark, in a Kentucky Corn Field

Noah’s Ark has a great kitchen. Above the butcher block countertops, gleaming knives and a pizza peel adorn the wall. Garlic cloves hang from a …

By Tim Townsend

Report

The Moral Tribalism of Contemporary Politics

My friends are a model of religious pluralism. Put them all in a room, and they’d look like the Parliament of World Religions—Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic, …

By Michael Schulson

Report

The Persecution of China’s Muslim Uyghurs

It was broad daylight in a busy part of Beijing when a local doctor—a friend of mine—rear-ended the car in front of hers. Though it …

By Matt Moir

Essay

Donald Trump and the Evangelical Political Schism

During the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, several high-profile evangelical leaders quietly expressed their support for Donald Trump, adding to the more fervent and public …

By Mark Valeri

Essay

Can Hillary Clinton’s Faith Help Her Lead a Fractured Nation?

Last month, at a closed meeting with evangelical leaders, Donald Trump asserted his Christian bona fides. He boasted of his child-rearing practices, touted the virtues …

By Kristin Du Mez

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