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April 19, 2018
The Church of James Dobson?
Is Focus on the Family a church? It depends who you ask. And it depends...
June 22, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Anti-Evangelical Bigot?
Senator Bernie Sanders opposed the nomination of Russell Vought as deputy director of the Office...
May 04, 2017
Fairness for All: A Call for Culture Peacemakers?
For nearly half a century, American Christians have, to greater and lesser degrees, embraced the...
March 28, 2016
On Theology and Wild Boar
This post will not be about Easter bunnies, but it will be about animals. In...
March 26, 2016
Scalia’s Worst Decision?
Today's guest post is by Dr. Barry Hankins, professor of history at Baylor University, and author...
December 10, 2015
Muslims, the New Mormons
In 1890, the U.S. Supreme Court -- in upheld laws intended to disenfranchise Mormon polygamists....
September 22, 2015
Should We Elect a Muslim President?
Ben Carson stirred up the latest Republican primary tempest this weekend when he volunteered the...
September 14, 2015
The Popes and America
Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Pope in...
May 20, 2015
A Time of Commencement: Religious Liberty
As the end of May approaches, most colleges and universities in the United States have...
May 19, 2015
Why Weren’t Baptists More Enthusiastic Patriots?
Today's post comes from chapter 3 of my new book Baptists in America: A History (Oxford University...
May 06, 2015
The Limits of Free Speech?
The moment you limit free speech it's not free speech. ~Salman Rushdie In the wake...
April 27, 2015
Show a Bishop some Hospitality
On Monday, April 20, Boston’s Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, visited Gordon College, where I teach....
April 21, 2015
What’s at Stake in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law?
Dr. Barry Hankins is professor of history at Baylor University, and the co-author, with Thomas...
February 10, 2015
Secularization and Scotland’s Christian Heritage
One of the most immediate differences from America one notices in the U.K. is how...
January 20, 2015
The Church and Robert Nisbet’s Quest for Community
I recently read Robert Nisbet's classic work The Quest for Community (1953), a challenging and far-sighted...
October 07, 2014
Those Suspicious Medical Missionaries
"It’s great that these people are doing God’s work, but do they have to talk...
May 20, 2014
An Interview with Steven Smith on Religious Liberty
I recently interviewed Steven D. Smith about his new Harvard University Press book, The Rise and...
April 22, 2014
Clemson vs. The Secularists
The football program at my beloved alma mater, Clemson University, has become the target of...
April 08, 2014
The Quaker Contribution to Religious Liberty
As I noted in a recent post for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of...
March 26, 2014
Unintended Consequences in American Religious History
Evan Treborn has a gift. The main character in the 2004 science-fiction film The Butterfly...
March 25, 2014
Yes, Religious Liberty is Threatened in America
Oral arguments begin today at the Supreme Court in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, a case precipitated...
March 13, 2014
The End of Religious Freedom?
What is religious freedom? Is it the freedom to worship or otherwise interact with God,...
March 03, 2014
Thoughts on That Last Thin Mint
This week closes Girl Scout cookie season in Massachusetts. (There are people out there who...
December 18, 2013
Personality-Driven Leadership in the Local Congregation
In my last post, I suggested that the evangelical embrace of personality-driven leadership forms the...
November 27, 2013
Flipping the Bird: Reflections on a Thanksgiving Fraud
Americans generally view Thanksgiving as an idyllic affair. Kind Indians wearing paper feathers teaching black-and-white...
November 25, 2013
Clergy Housing Allowances Ruled Unconstitutional
Last week came the news that, in the latest legal success for secularist advocacy groups,...
November 12, 2013
The Supreme Court and Deity-Specific Prayers
Last week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case...
October 16, 2013
Religious Liberty and Evangelical Identity Politics
Last Thursday Baptist ethicist Russell Moore made a case for religious liberty in a way...
September 17, 2013
When the United Nations Did Good: Os Guinness and Religious Liberty
Baylor recently welcomed Os Guinness, one of the seminal Christian apologists of the past half-century,...
April 09, 2013
Can North Carolina Make Christianity Its Official Religion?
North Carolina legislators recently made an ill-fated attempt to introduce Christianity as the state's official...
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