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The Religious Roots of the Wilderness Act

When Howard Zahniser was drafting the Wilderness Act—which marks its 50th anniversary today—he confided to a colleague that he wished he were writing poetry instead. …

By Michael Schulson

Essay

From Berlin to Jerusalem, a Lament for Gaza and Israel

This year, I fasted on Tisha b’Av, a Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of both Jewish temples in Jerusalem. In commemoration, on the …

By Yael Shinar

Essay

Does God Hate Shrimp? When Biblical Citation Goes Awry

One of the most popular “West Wing” clips on YouTube is President Josiah Bartlet’s biblically-based takedown of a conservative radio talk-show host (a thinly veiled …

By Emily A. Filler

Interview

The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Interview with Charles Marsh

On April 9, 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Christian theologian who opposed the Nazis, was hanged by the regime on the grounds of a concentration …

By Tiffany Stanley

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

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

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

A Short History of Christian Matchmaking

In 1904, The New York Times picked up an unusual story from Omaha. A wealthy Nebraska rancher named James Snell had requested the help of …

By Paul Putz

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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