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Creationism U.S.A.: An Interview with Adam Laats

by William Trollinger Book cover for Adam Laats’ forthcoming Creationism USA: Bridging the Impasse on Teaching Evolution (Oxford University Press, 2021) Adam Laats has established himself as a brilliant and prolific scholar who has produced such noteworthy works...

Salvation is Not Forthcoming Any Time Soon: Trumpism and the Soul-Destroying Corruption of White Evangelicalism

by William Trollinger Evangelical leaders pray over Trump in the Oval Office. Photo via The Chicago Tribune (2017). “What does it profit a faith to gain a whole country and then lose it, along with its own soul?” (Sarah Jones) Four years ago, just after the...

George Bailey vs. Michael Corleone: Capra, Coppola, and the War on Christmas

by Earl Crown Earl Crown is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, where he also teaches United States history. He holds degrees from Messiah University (B.A. in History, 1995) and McDaniel College (M.L.A., 2012). His...

Getting Beyond the Culture War: One Inspiring Example

by Susan Trollinger Just about a week ago, Qasim Rashid (a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia’s first district) was speaking at an outdoor campaign event to about 30 supporters in the beautiful setting of Aquia Harbor in Stafford, Virginia. As you would expect,...

Two Peas in a Pod: The Insecurities and Shame of Donald Trump and White Evangelicals

by Rodney Kennedy Rodney Kennedy has his M.Div. from New Orleans Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Louisiana State University. The pastor of 7 Southern Baptist churches over the course of 20 years, he pastored the First Baptist Church of Dayton (OH)...

What Does It Mean To Be “Pro-Life?”

by Jennifer Jones Hamilton Jennifer Jones Hamilton is an Instructional Assistant and Substitute Teacher with Carroll County Public Schools in Eldersburg, Maryland, as well as an application reviewer for Teach for America.  She has a bachelor’s degree in History and is...