Pope Francis Comes to Washington

As recently as the 1950s, it was gospel in certain liberal circles that Catholicism was, to take a leaf from Ben Carson, “inconsistent with the …

By Leslie Woodcock Tentler


Kim Davis and the Anxieties of Christian America

Once released from her short stay in her county detention center, throngs of supporters greeted Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis with an energetic celebration. Davis …

By Benjamin E. Park


Pulling Us Back In: David Barton, Ted Cruz, and the Evangelical Grassroots

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III, who thought he could squirm …

By Paul Harvey

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The Joy Machine: Stephen Colbert, Satire, and Faith

Between the ending of The Colbert Report and the beginning of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert stopped in at the offices of America Media for …

By Xarissa Holdaway


When Our Truths Are Ignored: Proslavery Theology’s Legacy

For an African American writer during slavery, there was an expectation that a “white envelope” framed the “black message.” For autobiographers like Frederick Douglass and …

By Yolanda Pierce


What Should Be Made of the Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos?

It is indeed terrible to watch: A doctor arrives for lunch, breezily chats about L.A. traffic, casually gives out medical advice (drink water if you …

By Laurie Zoloth


Mormonism and the Problem of Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer got lucky. When Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith first went on sale in the summer of 2003, Krakauer …

By Max Perry Mueller


Obergefell and the End of Religious Reasons for Lawmaking

In Obergefell v. Hodges, marriage equality for same-sex couples became the law of the land. In the wake of the decision on Friday, focus has …

By Micah Schwartzman, Richard Schragger and Nelson Tebbe


The Pope and Laudato Si’: Is the Ecology Encyclical a Moral Analysis or a Political Indictment?

U.S. politicians who happen to be Catholic in the age of Pope Francis display a knack for religious privatization that would impress even the most …

By Christiana Z. Peppard


Franklin Graham Is Winning at Facebook

On June 5, Franklin Graham took to his Facebook page to provoke a boycott of Wells Fargo. The bank has released a series of nine …

By Patton Dodd

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