The Religious Right’s most cherished and durable myth is its myth of origins. According to…Read More
Billy Graham, by any measure the most famous religious figure of the twentieth century, died today [at his home in Montreat, North Carolina]. He was ninety-nine years old.
In a career that extended well over half a century, Graham took a simple evangelical message – give your heart…Read More
Randall Balmer on Jimmy Carter, the role of the president’s faith, and the real reason for the rise of the Religious Right.Read More
“I prefer to think of Iowa as I saw it through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy,” Herbert Hoover, the only Iowan ever elected president of the United States, wrote at the beginning of his memoir. “Those were eyes filled with the wonders of Iowa’s streams and woods, of the mystery of growing crops.”Read More
Lower Manhattan has long been a proving ground for American ideals.Read More
The senator’s passing reminds us that “liberal Republican” wasn’t always an oxymoron.Read More
“If we truly love our neighbor, we shall without doubt tell him the Good News of Jesus. But equally, if we truly love our neighbor, we shall not stop there.”Read More
For any student of American history, all of this sounds eerily familiar—right down to the revision of dates. American history is littered with predictions about the end of the world.Read More
Papal consultant Edward N. Peters, who is also a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, has stated in no uncertain terms that Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, should be shown no mercy. His offense? Seems that the governor has been shacking up—not with underage boys, mind you, but with his longtime partner, Sandra Lee. And as if that weren’t bad enough, Cuomo also supports same-sex marriage and believes that abortion is a private matter that shouldn’t be regulated by the state.Read More
In a recent interview with Christianity Today, the magazine he helped to found in 1956, Billy Graham expressed regret that he hadn’t spent more time with his family. But he also reflected that he had become too involved in politics.
“I also would have steered clear of politics,” the 91-year-old evangelist said. “I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now.”Read More