Science

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

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

Editor’s Note

On Planned Parenthood, Beware of False Prophets

“The Bible says, ‘Beware of false prophets,’” outgoing House Speaker John Boehner told Face the Nation host John Dickerson on September 27. Boehner was referring …

By Marie Griffith

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

Essay

What Should Be Made of the Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos?

It is indeed terrible to watch: A doctor arrives for lunch, breezily chats about L.A. traffic, casually gives out medical advice (drink water if you …

By Laurie Zoloth

Essay

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

Essay

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

Review

Terrorism in the Age of the Internet

The Devil’s Long Tail: Religious and Other Radicals in the Internet Marketplace by David Stevens and Kieron O’Hara Oxford University Press, 2015 Issue #12 of Inspire magazine …

By Michael Schulson

Essay

God in the Machine: The Role of Religion in Net Neutrality Debates

The public movement to protect a free and open Internet is approaching a critical moment this week: on February 26, the Federal Communications Commission will …

By Emily Baxter and Aseem Mehta

Essay

The Troubling Push to Deregulate Homeschooling

When my mother pulled me out of kindergarten to homeschool, it wasn’t a religious choice. We were an average Christian family, casually attending a non-denominational …

By Caitlin G. Townsend

States of the Union

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

Ohio

An Atheist Finds (Some) Reasons to Believe in Her Old Church.

By Sarah Stankorb

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