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

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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


“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


Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Juliane Hammer reviews Denise A. Spellberg’s new book, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders.

By Juliane Hammer


Darwin, Hitler, and the Hijacking of Evolutionary Theory

Was Hitler a Darwinian? Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory By Robert J. RichardsThe University of Chicago Press, 2013  Biology is not ideology. But with evolution, …

By Michael Schulson


Pulled into the Maze: 12 Years a Slave

One of the most haunting scenes in the film 12 Years a Slave comes shortly after the main character Solomon Northup—now known by his enslavers …

By Rachel McBride Lindsey

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.


A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

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