Prompted by Marie Griffith’s post over at Religion and Politics, and spurred on by the happenstance of reading a related document while doing unrelated research the night before, I thought I’d take a look today at the history of the beginnings of the “Red Mass” in Washington, DC.  This mass, dedicated to the legal profession, […]

What does Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, have in common with Filofei, a Russian Orthodox monk who corresponded with Vasilii III, Grand Prince of Moscow, in 1515? I’ll give you a hint: it has to do with the apocalypse. On “Today’s Issues” with Tony Perkins and Tim Wildmon, Garlow announced […]

Last Friday, in a conference call to support Todd Akin, Mike Huckabee invoked the biblical story of Elijah and the priests of Baal.  This showdown, from the eighteenth chapter of 1st Kings, depicts Elijah testing the powers of his god against those of Baal.  Both sides prepare a bull for sacrifice on their respective altars, […]

Today, Harry Emerson Fosdick is most well known–at least among people who pay attention to this kind of thing–for his 1922 sermon “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” in which he argued for the principle of tolerance in liberal Protestantism.  Fosdick’s sermon is often cited as one of the nails in the coffin of fundamentalism, although we […]

The 1920s and 30s produced many “red lists” documenting real and imagined communist influence and subversion in America.  Elizabeth Dilling’s The Red Network was the most famous (just ask Glenn Beck), and certainly the most amusing in hindsight, but the interwar years also had the American Legion’s ISMs, Blair Coán’s The Red Web, and R. […]

When Max Eastman took exception to the idea that atheists could not fight communism, William F. Buckley Jr. argued in a 1962 Los Angeles Times editorial that “atheists are less likely than Christians (or any other religious people) to put up the only kind of a fight that is truly relevant in the age of […]

Religion News Service reports that a new WIN-Gallup poll indicates that atheism is on the rise in the US while those who identify as religious are decreasing.  The poll presents a staggering drop in the latter category, from 73% in 2005, to only 60% today.   RNS, quoting Ryan Cragun, attributes the increase among atheists to […]


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