Myth and Modernity: A Review of Persecution and Toleration

A new take on the origins of our ideas about religious liberty.

The Day Christian Fundamentalism Was Born

How a meeting in Philadelphia changed American religion forever.

The Fascinating History of Mescaline, the OG Psychedelic

From prehistoric caves, through Aztecs, Mormons, Beat poets, Jean-Paul Sartre and a British MP.
James Madison, ca. 1816.

James Madison Understood Religious Freedom Better than Jefferson Did

One emphasized the freedom to think; the other, in effect, the freedom to pray.
Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony with evangelical Jerry Falwell Jr. beside him (2017).

The Last Temptation

How evangelicals became an anxious minority seeking political protection from a not traditionally religious president.
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a West African Muslim enslaved in Maryland, is depicted in this portrait with a Qu'ran around his neck (ca. 1733).

Muslims of Early America

Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten?
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."