Science

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Ebola and U.S. Hospital Chaplains: A (Deliberately) Untold Story

In August, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, medical missionaries who were serving in Liberia, arrived at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. The facility was the …

By Betsy Shirley

Essay

The Sources of Creationism’s Disjointed Science

Once upon a time, in the West, sacred history, human history, and natural history were one. The Hebrew Bible, refracted through the prism of the …

By Elizabeth Yale

Report

Passages: A Glimpse into the Hobby Lobby Family’s Bible Museum

On a humid afternoon in early July, I pulled into the parking lot of a nondescript warehouse just off Highway 65 in Springfield, Missouri. Flanked …

By Rachel McBride Lindsey

Report

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

Why Anti-Vaccination Movements Can Never Be Tamed

In Victorian England, nearly a century after the physician Edward Jenner had shown that exposure to the cowpox virus, or vaccinia, conferred immunity to smallpox, …

By Elizabeth Yale

Essay

Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, and a New Religious Order

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court handed down its much-awaited decision in Hobby Lobby, holding that closely held business corporations are “persons” endowed with religious …

By Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg

Essay

What the Show Cosmos Gets Wrong about Religion—and Science

In its third episode, titled “When Knowledge Conquered Fear,” the new Cosmos reboot, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tells the story of the discovery …

By Elizabeth Yale

The States Project

Maine: A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business

A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

Review

Darwin, Hitler, and the Hijacking of Evolutionary Theory

Was Hitler a Darwinian? Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory By Robert J. RichardsThe University of Chicago Press, 2013  Biology is not ideology. But with evolution, …

By Michael Schulson

Interview

Technology, Memory, and Jewish History: An Interview with Novelist Dara Horn

What are the proper limits of technology in our personal lives? Dara Horn’s new novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, takes up this question as …

By Rachel Gordan

States of the Union

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

Illinois

An Autoworker Reconciles God and Mammon

By Christopher D. Cantwell

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