The Secularist Prejudice

Article by Gary Wills

Michael Dukakis, well educated in other ways, was not prepared to deal with religious ardor. Asked which book most influenced him, Michael Dukakis instantly mentioned Henry Steele Commager’s The American Mind. He read it shortly after its appearance in 1950, when he was in high school. For a man whose preferred reading would, in later …

The Story of Liam Q

Article by Jens Soaring

In 1981, at the age of 17, my friend Liam Q. did what many adventurous Kansas farm boys do: he joined the U.S. Navy to see the world. His test scores marked him for further training in a technical specialty, but Liam wanted to steer an aircraft carrier, so the navy made him a helmsman. …

Theology and Civil Society: A Proposal for Ecumenical Inquiry

Article by Lewis S. Mudge

What roles should Christian churches now play in the dialogue about democratic participation, discursive civility, and moral responsibility now emerging in diverse political cultures across the globe? American students of religion in society, including growing numbers of “good society” researchers, are discovering that they have international colleagues who bring fresh historical experiences and philosophical assumptions …