Byline: By RANDALL BALMER

I should be over it by now, but I confess that the number 81 continues to haunt me. Following the shock of Election Day 2016, the further news that...

With the 2020 presidential election only a year away, Americans are still searching for a “Redeemer President,” someone to rescue the nation from...

Column: Swallowing the whole Trump camel

10/5/19

For those of us who thought that leaders of the religious right had lost their way in their unblinking embrace of Donald Trump, it appears we were...

This week 45 years ago, the president of the United States issued the most famous presidential pardon in American history. On Sunday morning, Sept....

Column: The politics of conspiracy

8/3/19

Even as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, truly one of the greatest achievements of the 20th — or any — century, a sizable...

Column: Should patriotism be compulsory?

7/6/19

When I was in high school, in Iowa, I frequently took out our 4-foot by 6-foot American flag and hung in beside the front door of our two-story...

In case you hadn’t noticed, the televangelists are back. They may be less obvious than before, because they have taken advantage of a fractured...

Amid this train wreck of a presidency, an administration marked by cronyism and incompetence, where compulsive lying has been normalized, it’s easy...

Column: The death of evangelicalism

4/6/19

As the presidential campaign takes shape in the coming months, we’ll hear a lot about evangelical voters. Don’t be misled. Evangelicalism died on...

One of the unmistakable, yet slighted, tropes in the Bible is the warning against the perils of money and affluence. Jesus himself cautioned that...

Column: How football conquered America

2/2/19

Today, as we Americans gather for one of our high holy days — Fourth of July, Election Day, Super Bowl Sunday — it’s a good time to ask whether...



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