A Tijuana border fence (2012).

Evangelicals and Immigration: A Conflicted History

Before the 1990s, evangelical Christians were busier resettling newly arrived refugees than trying to keep them out.
Tens of thousands attend Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

Supersized Christianity: Protestant Megachurches in America

Megachurches represent an enduring model of ecclesial organization in Protestantism.
Muslims pray during the Islamic Society of North America's annual convention in Washington Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002.

Muslims Arrived in America 400 Years Ago and Today are Vastly Diverse

Islamophobes today ignore the long history and contributions of Muslim Americans.

'Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World'

A Q&A with author Katharine Gerbner about "Protestant Supremacy."
Reverend Jim Jones. (1977)

How Cults Made America

A new book argues that, politically, messianic movements were often light-years ahead of their time. But at what cost?
Imagery of Puritan ideology titled

Winthrop’s “City” Was Exceptional, not Exceptionalist

A review of Daniel T. Rodgers’ "As a City on a Hill: The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon."
A state trooper and two plainclothes men stand guard at a roadblock at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church where a bomb killed four black children, September 16, 1963.

The American Church's Complicity in Racism

Jemar Tisby talks about the many moments when white Christians could have interceded on behalf of racial justice, but did not.
Sister Mary Abdi talking over homework assignments with Rohymah Toulas and Lanya Abdul-jabbar at the Islamic School in Seattle, Washington.

Islam and the U.S.

What does it mean to be Muslim in America? And how has the practice of Islam in the U.S. changed over time?
Image of Jemima from David Hudson's History of Jemima Wilkinson (1821).

The Person Formerly Known as Jemima Wilkinson

An excerpt from a new book on American messianic movements.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers hold signs during a rally protesting the convention’s treatment of women in 2018.

Sexism Has Long Been Part of the Culture of Southern Baptists

While sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention has recently come to light, it's not new.
An anti-abolitionist, pro-slavery cartoon (ca. 1800).

How Antebellum Christians Justified Slavery

In the minds of some Southern Protestants, slavery had been divinely sanctioned.

New Amsterdam Figured Out Religious Tolerance 361 Years Ago

The prevention of Quakers from settling in New Amsterdam is almost a template for Trump's Muslim immigration restrictions.