America needs prophets

Rev. Jonathan Mayhew

The intense fight over Obamacare's HHS mandate highlights a real disdain for religion in public life. Obamacare has had religious detractors from the start because of abortion concerns, but they have had their own detractors among the political and chattering classes. While paying lip service to the right of Catholic bishops to participate in the conversation, for instance, one pundit actually said (before the bill had passed) that the hierarchs were holding America “hostage” by their … [Read more...]

Bishop takes rook

Engraving of Jonathan Mayhew

One of the most fascinating figures I’ve discovered while researching about the life of Paul Revere is Jonathan Mayhew. He was the pastor at West Church in Boston. He is often cited as the first Unitarian, and in his letters you can read him complaining about, among other things, the average Bostonian’s “zeal for Athanasian and Calvinistic Orthodoxy." Paul Revere was more than a decade his junior, but they became friends in Revere’s later teens. Mayhew married the daughter of … [Read more...]


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