Criticism of the slave trade from 200 years ago speaks to us today—and not just about race.
Yaa Gyasi's novel reveals the freedoms and captivities we all inherit.
Theologies of entitlement, enslaving, and extinguishing indigenous communities have shaped policy since the 15th century.
There’s a place in society for prophetic denunciation. There’s also a place for restraint.
Matthew L. Skinner recommends the best recently published books in his field.
Colson Whitehead has created a world as compelling—and as intolerable—as our own.
When Dylann Roof murdered the Charleston nine at a Bible study in June 2015, his intent was “to start a race war.” He didn’t succeed.
American Christianity has faced theological-political crises before. Repeatedly, visions of what is possible for the nation have fallen short of reality. In the past, periods of change pushed faithful people to reconsider what they believed, not only about the nation but also about the meaning of God’s call to justice. In each critical moment, for good or ill, Americans altered their religious views, and the horizon of what was possible expanded or contracted. In revolutionary America, disunity resulted from debates over whether faith required obedience to the king or a revolt.
Where independence and freedom were proclaimed, dependence on African slavery persisted. As Jesus was preached in this land, everything that Jesus taught against was practiced.
Lincoln understood that the dream of well-being, if not radically democratized, would for some people only be a nightmare.