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The Last Shakers

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On January 17, 2017
Did you know there were still Shakers? There were 3. Now there are 2. Sister Frances was a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine who spent her life teaching and writing about her experiences as a member of the ever-dwindling, idiosyncratic Protestant denomination. Brother Arnold Hadd, one of those who […]
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American Secularism

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On May 30, 2016
For your evening reading, check out this Sam Haselby discussion of the United States as a secularist nation, including understanding its Protestant intellectual origins, the heresy of men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in pressing for it as the state non-religion for the new nation, and why their goal mostly failed but did not […]

Church and State

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On December 5, 2015

Above: The U.S. Army marching on Utah, 1858 I know that modern Mormonism is in no small part an exercise in trying to fit into the broad spectrum of mainstream Christianity, but you’d think a Mo

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Why Conservatives Support Israel

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On November 11, 2015
Support for Israel on the right has many strands that have increasingly come together–U.S. geopolitical interests for some, Israelis seen as an island of whites in a sea of scary Arabs for others. But at its core, right-wing support for Israel comes down to biblical prophecy that at its core is about the elimination of […]

Marjoe

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On July 2, 2015

I just watched Marjoe, the 1972 documentary about an ex-child preacher turned hippie who supported himself by going back out on the preacher circuit even though he believed none of it. It’s pret

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