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


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


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

The States Project

Louisiana: A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns

A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

By Max Perry Mueller


New Clash over Religion in Schools: Communities Face Backlash for Lessons on Islam

Many of the speakers wore red shirts in solidarity. Dozens of them took turns standing at the microphone to lash out at the members of …

By Linda K. Wertheimer


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


Born Again, All Over Again

It all started with a question. On what day did Jesus die? Which led to more questions. Who wrote the Gospels? Is the English translation …

By Emily Alhadeff


For All the Sinners and Saints: An Interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber

The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of the leading voices in progressive Christianity. In 2008, as a Lutheran seminarian at Iliff School of Theology in …

By Jesse James DeConto


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


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

States of the Union

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


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