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In Obama’s inauguraion speech, a new American religion

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West … Continued

American exceptionalism: useless, potentially dangerous

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Party/ religion/ sect/ cult

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she … Continued

On civil religion and Glenn Beck

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Glenn Beck and the restoration of American civil religion

By Amarnath Amarasingam  Ever since sociologist Robert Bellah wrote “Civil Religion in America” in 1967, the concept has become one … Continued

The need for a liberal Protestant ethos on the Supreme Court

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Obama’s Patchwork Heritage and Worldview

Harvard professor Howard Gardner says that leaders do two important things: tell a powerful story to their audience, and embody … Continued

It’s Time to Update the Pledge

Under God mourns the loss of the minister who persuaded President Eisenhower and Congress in 1954 to insert into the … Continued

Chill, Everybody

Thanksgiving is both a religious and non-religious word, and makes sense either way. It would be easy therefore to say … Continued

Rick Warren, Interfaith Activist

Rick Warren is our new Billy Graham – at the center of not only his own Christian tradition, but of … Continued