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


To Serve God and Mammon

The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream by Chris Lehmann Melville House, 2016 Last year, the aptly named Pastor Creflo Dollar, …

By Gordon Haber


What Happened to the Jesus People?

Evangelical hippies in the 1970s were known for flashing their “one-way” sign—an index finger pointing upward that signaled an alternative to the counter-cultural peace sign …

By Mark Hulsether

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Along the Edges of Faith: The Many Sectors of American Chaplains

Meg, a chaplain at an urban academic medical center, spoke often about hope in the time I spent shadowing and interviewing her for my book …

By Wendy Cadge


Spotlight is this Generation’s All the President’s Men

Spotlight, the film released on Friday, appears at first glance to be a scripted homage. The movie offers a fictionalized portrayal of the Boston Globe’s …

By Mara Willard


Mad Men and the Enlightenment of Don Draper

The pleasures of Mad Men were many. Fans of the recently concluded AMC series about advertising in the 1960s obsessed over the meticulous detail of …

By Matthew S. Hedstrom


Terrorism in the Age of the Internet

The Devil’s Long Tail: Religious and Other Radicals in the Internet Marketplace by David Stevens and Kieron O’Hara Oxford University Press, 2015 Issue #12 of Inspire magazine …

By Michael Schulson


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


Us v. Them: The Pitfalls of Righteous Rhetoric

Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America By Leslie Dorrough Smith Oxford University Press, 2014 On June 19 of this year, the …

By Emily Johnson


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

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