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Essay

The 2016 Presidential Campaign: The Past and Present of American Tolerance and Intolerance

American presidential politics are in the midst of a strikingly ecumenical, if not interfaith, moment. Both parties are fielding primary candidates with widely divergent spiritual …

By Charles Postel

The Table

For Mormons, a Contested Legacy on Capital Punishment

Over the past century and a half, numerous authors, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Jon Krakauer, have been fascinated—and horrified—by the nineteenth-century Mormon teaching …

By Patrick Q. Mason

Essay

Ammon Bundy and the Paradoxes of Mormon Political Theologies

On Saturday, January 2, Ammon Bundy led a group of protesters in occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Building outside of Burns, Oregon. An outgrowth of …

By Benjamin E. Park

Interview

Confronting Religious Violence: An Interview with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

On November 3, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks gave a lecture at Washington University in St. Louis based on his most recent book, Not in God’s …

By Jack West

Essay

The God of Abraham Praise: Wheaton College Considers Its Muslim Neighbors

Few topics matter more to American evangelicals than religious identity. Who is my God? Who is my neighbor? What does it mean to follow Jesus? …

By John Schmalzbauer

Report

Climate Change and the Legacy of Thomas Merton

“I love the nature that is all around me here,” Catholic monk, author, and social activist Thomas Merton wrote from his Kentucky hermitage one cold …

By M. Sophia Newman

Essay

Ben Carson, Science, and Seventh-day Adventists

­­P residential candidate Ben Carson’s scientific views might seem out of place for a renowned neurosurgeon. He is uncertain on global warming, opining to Bloomberg: …

By Ben Spackman

Review

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

Excerpt

Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of American Religious Nationalism

Scholars have variously depicted Thomas Jefferson as everything from a crypto-Unitarian with a deep love of Jesus to a priest-baiting infidel. My own view is …

By Sam Haselby

Essay

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

States of the Union

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

Louisiana

A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

By Max Perry Mueller

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