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Freedom and Restraint

In the crucible of emancipation, Lincoln created the rules that now govern soldiers around the world…. Read More »

Liberty for All

Why do non-Christians have the right to worship in “Christian” nations? Read More »

Glenn Beck: Drawing on 1950s Extremism

In the Oct. 18 issue of The New Yorker, historian Sean Wilentz “how extremist ideas held at bay for decades inside Read More »

A Tribute to Ed Gaustad, a Religious Liberty Champion

Edwin Scott Gaustad, one of the premier historians of American religion, a staunch advocate of religious liberty and separation of church and state…  More Read More »

God, Government and Roger Williams’ Big Idea

Banished from Massachusetts, the Puritan minister originated a principle that remains contentious to this day—separation of church and state… More Read More »

Book review: Roger Williams: The Great Separationist

John M. Barry’s new biography, “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul”… More Read More »

Religion in America

The faith (and doubts) of our fathers… More Read More »

Original Intent: The Meaning of the Religion Clauses

n spite of its merits, the separation of church and state is a controversial subject in America today. The controversy begins with the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . . .” The two clauses—the Establishment Clause and the ... Read More »

Charlemagne and the Vision of a Christian Empire

Unifying Western Europe Through Imperial Conquest and Christian Reform Happy are Emperors “if they make their power the handmaid of His majesty by using it for the greatest possible extension of His worship . . . . Wherefore if the true God is worshiped it is advantageous that good men should long reign both far and wide. Their piety and ... Read More »

Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right

Pam Stout has not always lived in fear of her government. She remembers her years working in federal housing programs, Read More »