Category Archives: American Religion

Why I’m Thankful for Evangelicals and Other Religious Hard Shells

As many of you may know by now, I’m not conventionally religious. I’m a cultural Christian, not an orthodox one. I am both pro-choice and sympathetic to the gay plight in America. I am a Tory conservative, yes, albeit one … Continue reading

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My Tower Experience

I recently stumbled across a perversely interesting article, posted by a Facebook friend who apparently has dealt with his own protracted struggle with rigid orthodoxy. The article, aptly titled “Early Warning Signs of Adult Onset Calvinism,” explores the various ways … Continue reading

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What Accounts for New England Genius?

  Slate has posted a fascinating map constructed by Gustave Michaud in 1904 that purports to show the concentration of genius in the United States at that time. There was a likely motive behind the map. Michaud was a eugenicist who … Continue reading

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Mormon Lessons for Muslim Reformers

Growing numbers of Mormons are asking probing questions about their faith, particularly about the character and motivations of their church’s prophet and founder, Joseph Smith, and the veracity of the sacred books of their faith. Their church leaders and historians … Continue reading

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Digital Transparency and the Future of Mormonism

Within the last few days, historians of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have released images of an egg-sized stone that resembles a large pecan. The stone is purportedly the seer stone that LDS Founder and Prophet Joseph … Continue reading

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