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


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


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


The Pope and Laudato Si’: Is the Ecology Encyclical a Moral Analysis or a Political Indictment?

U.S. politicians who happen to be Catholic in the age of Pope Francis display a knack for religious privatization that would impress even the most …

By Christiana Z. Peppard


The Rise of Christian Conservative Legal Organizations

Two years ago, a longtime customer walked into Barronelle Stutzman’s flower shop with a request: the customer—who is gay—asked Stutzman to provide flowers for his …

By Daniel Bennett


What Can Be Done about Segregation in Churches?

In the wake of police violence that led to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the protests that followed, religious leaders are …

By Gene Zubovich

The States Project

Nebraska: A Cornhusker Prays with FCA

A Cornhusker Prays with FCA.

By Paul Putz


AP Course Controversy: When Do We Say “We” in History?

Afunny thing has happened to a petition posted online by Larry Krieger, a former Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher, and Jane Robbins, a conservative opponent …

By Elizabeth Yale

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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