Fantastic Beasts diagnoses how rising fear leads to demonizing others.
There’s a place in society for prophetic denunciation. There’s also a place for restraint.
18th-century colonists drank beer with breakfast and continued throughout the day, with average consumption twice as high as today’s.
Few Americans may believe in witches—or in a Puritan God. Yet The Witch explores human impulses that are still with us.
Margaret Bendroth intends to rescue liberal Protestants from scholarly anonymity and the disdain that accompanies numerical decline.
If Americans of a certain age know anything about Puritanism, it is probably because they read something by the (atheist) historian Edmund S. Morgan, the great Yale scholar who died July 8. His book The Puritan Dilemma—which used the life of John Winthrop to describe the Puritans’ religious and political project in America—was widely assigned in high schools and colleges. I had the good fortune decades ago to take a graduate class from Morgan on American colonial history.
The colonial Puritans did a lot of good things, but banning Christmas was not one of their better ideas.