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.

Conversion and Race in Colonial Slavery

To convert was not just a matter of belief, but also a claim to power.
Mrs. Tinkham, c. 1875. Photograph by William H. Mumler.

William James and the Spiritualist’s Phone

A story of a philosopher, his sister, and belief.
A Japanese interment camp used during World War II in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Forgotten Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii

A dark chapter in the history of religious persecution.
A Muslim man prays at Baitul Futuh Mosque on February 18, 2011 in London, England.

Kneeling for Hollywood

How Hollywood portrays religious prayer.

The Old Culture War Over Bible Reading in Public Schools is Starting Again

It was among the first social issues to split American Protestants into liberal and conservative camps.
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, left, accompanied by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, march outside of the U.S. Capitol during a Poor People's Campaign rally at The National Mall, June 2018.

The Social Gospel Roots of the American Religious Left

A review of Gary Dorrien's new book, “Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel.”
Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux.

New Documents Reveal How the FBI Deployed a Televangelist to Discredit Martin Luther King

Elder Michaux, a popular black evangelist, aided the bureau's campaign to destroy King's reputation.
Visa as the Mark of the Beast, as imagined by a 1960s Christian tract.

Technology and Apocalypse in America

Some sects of Christian belief have long held that various forms of technology were signs of an approaching apocalypse.
Howard Thurman at Boston University.

The Overlooked Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Remembering Howard Thurman and other forgotten activists.