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No Politics in Church? Not So Fast.

American Christians are increasingly aware that the church has a political image problem, and are increasingly eager to repair it. Association with the Religious Right, …

By Sam Speers and Kristopher Norris

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The Past Imperfect of Barack Obama

Speaking at the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches last month, President Obama posed a question that captured why many …

By Peter Manseau

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A Sunday Spent with Jimmy Carter

Southwest Georgia is Baptist country. The back roads heading south out of Columbus are bracketed by red soil, scruffy pines, and clapboard buildings sporting names …

By Randall Balmer

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How Mormons Became American

Acentury ago, it was once a simple matter to assume a norm for American culture and situate the Mormon well outside it. Polygamy was likened …

By Terryl Givens