Religion and politics
Sep 15, 2011 — Robert Stone's characters fall all over the moral spectrum, but between a revolutionary nun, a treacherous spy and an alienated anthropologist, they certainly make for good reading. Author Roland Merullo recommends Stone's A Flag for Sunrise, a rich depiction of Central America in the turbulent '70s.
Oct 7, 2008 — Think the Pilgrims were all straight-laced seriousness and tight buckles? Think again, says author Sarah Vowell. In her new book, The Wordy Shipmates, Vowell explores the lively history of America's ancestors. Just who were those folks living in the "shining city on a hill"?
Jan 25, 2008 — In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy asked the nation to disregard his religion; in 2000, George W. Bush stated Jesus was his favorite philosopher. How did faith become such an important criterion for the presidency? Religion professor and evangelical newspaper columnist Randall Balmer explains.
Sep 1, 2006 — In his book, The Holy Vote, veteran journalist Ray Suarez explores the politics of faith in America. Suarez writes about gay marriage, intelligent design and other aspects of a fault line that often divides religious people from other religious people.
Jun 23, 2006 — Blind allegiance to the Republican Party has led politically active evangelicals to adopt misguided positions on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, says Randall Balmer. In Thy Kingdom Come, the prominent evangelical argues the religious right could ruin the faith.
Apr 3, 2006 — Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, And the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham. His previous book, Franklin and Winston, was about the friendship between FDR and Churchill.