If you want to know why Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost the governorship of the Old Dominion yesterday, look no further than white evangelicals.
Author Archives: Mark Silk
About Mark Silk
Mark Silk graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and earned his Ph.D. in medieval history from Harvard University in 1982. After teaching at Harvard in the Department of History and Literature for three years, he became editor of the Boston Review.
In 1987 he joined the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked variously as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist.
In 1996 he became the founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and in 1998 founding editor of Religion in the News, a magazine published by the Center that examines how the news media handle religious subject matter. In 2005, he was named director of the Trinity College Program on Public Values, comprising both the Greenberg Center and a new Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture directed by Barry Kosmin. In 2007, he became Professor of Religion in Public Life at the College.
Professor Silk is the author of "Spiritual Politics: Religion and America Since World War II" and "Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America." He is co-editor of "Religion by Region," an eight-volume series on religion and public life in the United States, and co-author of "The American Establishment," "Making Capitalism Work," and "One Nation Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics." He inaugurated "Spiritual Politics" in 2007.
The cover story of the new issue of Religion in the News pictures Pope Francis roaring into town on a Harley. And why not, after Steven Avella, Milwaukee priest and professor, witnessed His Holiness blessing the giant Hog rally in Rome last summe
Texas tea partiers have launched a movement to draft David Barton to mount a primary challenge to Texas Sen. John Cornyn next year. If they succeed, it will mark the “constitutional conservative” era of the religious right.
Pope Francis’ choice as the next archbishop of Hartford is cut from the same episcopal cloth as most of John Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s American appointees. But that means he’s also a yes-man.
Once upon a time, Americans worried about powerful business organizations buying influence through philanthropy. No longer.
Catholic conservatives are more worried about what Pope Francis does than about how the press interprets it.
There’s no doubt that the profligate lifestyle of the Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, stinks like the local cheese. But what Americans would do well to contemplate in this case of episcopal discipline is the criticism that the head of the German bishops conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, has leveled at his colleague.
If so, the paynim have won. New Jersey’s now got same-sex marriage, with GOP presidential wannabe Chris Christie throwing in the towel. Marijuana dispensaries are open in more and more states, and for the first time most Americans are cool with that. While the needle on abortion is stuck pretty much where it’s always been, there […]