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religion



  • The Evangelical Vote (audio)

    NPR's "Throughline" examines the growth of evangelical christianity as a political movement and its influence over the nomination of a Supreme Court justice and the election. 



  • Amy Coney Barrett and the “Kingdom of God”

    by John Fea

    Liberal critics have seized on a quote from the potential Supreme Court Nominee's graduation speech to Notre Dame law students as evidence of a theocratic mindset. A historian of American religion warns the metaphor of the "kingdom of god" is widely used in political rhetoric.



  • What Trump Taught America About the Bible

    by Peter Manseau

    The Bible is a powerful talisman for the majority of Americans, but Trump’s successful use of it these past five years suggests that, to many, it is a book whose content matters less than the one holding it; an expression of tribal identity as much as creed.



  • On Sex with Demons

    by Eleanor Janega

    "The idea of having sex with demons or the devil... has a long and proud history. A concern about sleep sex demons traces at least as far back as Mesopotamian myth where we see the hero Gilgamesh’s father recorded on the Sumerian King List as Lilu, a demon who targets sleeping women, in 2400 BC."



  • Os Guinness, Eric Metaxas, and Their Dangerous Myths of American History

    by Abram Van Engen

    "Only when we begin to see the multiplicity and complexity of history can we begin to understand how God moves in it and through it, and how we, in the present, can and should respond—righting wrongs and attempting to shine a light in dark places," writes Abram Van Engen.



  • The Long History of How Jesus Came to Resemble a White European

    No one knows exactly what Jesus looked like, and there are no known images of him from his lifetime. Art history professor Anna Smartwood House writes about the complicated history of the images of Christ and how historically they have served many purposes.


  • Trump and the Puritans

    by Martyn Whittock

    No one would ever call Donald Trump a Puritan. But the 17th century religious movement is a foundation of Trump's America.



  • Fundamentalist Pandemics

    by Juan Cole

    What evangelicals could learn from "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam."



  • A Mystery at Oxford

    A well-funded effort by American evangelical Christians to identify archaeological evidence for the New Testament is at the center of a scandal. 



  • Queen of Heaven, Empress of Hell

    by Vanessa R. Corcoran

    Contemporary depictions of Mary tend to be gentle in their holiness, but Christians centuries ago envisioned her as a powerful agent who fought for their salvation.