A godly approach to Donald Trump, the twit

Russell Moore,┬áthe eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote this for yesterday’s New York Times, about evangelicals who embrace The Donald. He writes: Donald J. Trump stands astride the polls in the Republican presidential race, beating all comers in virtually every demographic of the primary electorate. Most …

What I know so far about Frog Hollow, USA

I am working on a book for Wesleyan University Press on the Hartford neighborhood known as “Frog Hollow,” which is in sight of the state capitol, and it’s slow-going because I am easily distracted by the little anecdotes I keep coming across: During Prohibition, there was a neighborhood speak-easy named “The House of Three Knocks,” …

A better world with — or without — religion?

The country’s framers were capable of much subtlety when it came to addressing religious freedom. Read what Michael Meyerson says at Huffington Post: The framers saw religion as both a force for magnificent good and unspeakable evil. John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson after both had left the White House, “Twenty times, in the course …