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Boston: A Runner’s Reflection

When called on to comfort and reassure communities stricken by tragedy—be it manmade or act of God—American politicians often turn to sports metaphors. The marathon …

By Max Perry Mueller

The Table

What Romney Wouldn’t Say

During his long pursuit of the presidency, three M-words rarely passed Mitt Romney’s lips: Massachusetts, Mandate, and Mormonism. This first two silent M’s were, at …

By Randall Balmer


The Myth of the Black Church

My earliest ideas about African American religion and political struggle come from my first public memories as a child of the South of the late 1950s and 1960s.

By Barbara Dianne Savage