Essay

Why Anti-Vaccination Movements Can Never Be Tamed

In Victorian England, nearly a century after the physician Edward Jenner had shown that exposure to the cowpox virus, or vaccinia, conferred immunity to smallpox, …

By Elizabeth Yale

Essay

Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and a New Religious Order

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court handed down its much-awaited decision in Hobby Lobby, holding that closely held business corporations are “persons” endowed with religious …

By Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg

Report

Remembering the Rebbe

On a summer night in Crown Heights, thousands of Hasidic Jews sit on plastic, fold-out chairs to watch a projected recording of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, …

By Sam Kestenbaum

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Essay

The Good News According to Hobby Lobby

On June 30, the world did not end. For all the drama and hype that the Hobby Lobby case has generated, the Supreme Court decision …

By Anna Su

Essay

Banishing Dissent: The Excommunication of Mormon Activist Kate Kelly

  T housands of Mormons are grieving the excommunication of Kate Kelly this week. Kelly is a human rights attorney who founded a group called …

By Kristine Haglund

Review

The Great Calvinist Reawakening

According to The New York Times, a Calvinist revival is sweeping through modern American evangelicalism. Among the evidence: church libraries are filling up with books …

By Briallen Hopper

Excerpt

A Sunday Spent with Jimmy Carter

Southwest Georgia is Baptist country. The back roads heading south out of Columbus are bracketed by red soil, scruffy pines, and clapboard buildings sporting names …

By Randall Balmer

Review

“Orange Is the New Black” and the Difficulty of Portraying Prison Religion

This Friday, Netflix is going to drop 13 new episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” in our queues, and we’ll find out if Piper …

By Xarissa Holdaway

Essay

Russia and the Crimean Tatars: The Burdens and Challenges of History

The Russian annexation of Crimea has raised a host of important questions about the fate of the diverse populations on the peninsula. Will Ukrainian-speakers be …

By Eric Lohr

Report

Moral Mondays Return to Raleigh

The Reverend William J. Barber, II, is only 50, but he walks with a limp and a cane, and he perpetually leans forward, as if …

By Michael Schulson

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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THE TABLE

A setting to debate the issues of the day.

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

By Annie Laurie Gaylor

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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