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Tilting at Windmills: The ‘Threat’ of Christian Nationalism

In Cervantes’ great novel, originally published as The Ingenious Knight Don Quixote of La Mancha but now commonly known by the name of its main character, Don Quixote, a would-be knight roams the land looking for wrongs to right. Early in his adventures, he comes across thirty or forty windmills which he perceives to be evil giants....

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“Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land”: Evangelical Reformers in Antebellum America

Progressives today regularly criticize Christians, especially evangelical Christians, for being conservative opponents of racial progress. For instance, in a widely praised book, The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby writes that “when faced with the choice between racism and equality, the American church has tended to practice a complicit Christianity . . . and in so...

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Slavery and the American Founding: Should 1619 Replace 1776 as America’s Founding Year?

The 1619 Project The New York Times’ “1619 Project” is a series of articles published in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans to arrive in what became the United States. Jake Silverstein’s introduction to the series claims that slavery is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it...

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