News

  • Elisabeth Becker-Topkara on Diyanet Mosque fire for the Washington Post May 20, 2019 Elisabeth Becker-Topkara, postdoctoral fellow for the Religion and Its Publics project, recently published another piece in the Washington Post on the most recent attack against a place of worship: her husband’s mosque. “I think of how such acts devalue the lives of those close to my heart, from our dear family friends to my own husband and son. ... Read more »
  • Elisabeth Becker-Topkara on Muslim-Jewish Relations for the Washington Post February 16, 2019 Elisabeth Becker-Topkara, postdoctoral fellow for the Religion and Its Publics project, recently published a piece in the Washington Post on the need for a Muslim-Jewish alliance in the US, and on what small steps may be possible moving forward, given the common threats they face. Here is an excerpt and a link to the full ... Read more »
  • Seven Types of Atheism: A Review by Isaac Barnes May February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 In early December of last year, the crowdfunding website Patreon banned two accounts for using racist speech. One account belonged to Carl Benjamin, a star of the self-proclaimed rationalist and skeptical community who created YouTube videos under the username “Sargon of Akkad.” (The other account belonged to Alt-Right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.) Benjamin had ... Read more »
  • The Alt-Right and Medieval Religions by Dorothy Kim November 7, 2018 November 9, 2018 The alt-right is a specific political and social ecosystem that has many nodes. The best article that explains this universe is Joseph Bernstein’s Buzzfeed piece from 2017, “Alt-White: How the Breitbart Machine Launched Racist Hate.” With evidence from a trove of leaked emails and documents, Bernstein maps all parts of the alt-right universe; how they are connected; ... Read more »
  • How Does Conservative Evangelicalism Engage Alt-Right Views? By Melani McAlister November 7, 2018 November 7, 2018 The official representatives of American evangelicalism have been almost uniformly opposed to the Alt-Right—issuing statements, condemnations, and disavowals. Since the alt-right protest in Charlottesville in 2017, in which one counter-protester was killed, Christianity Today, for example, has had a drumbeat of denunciations of the alt-right, with interviews and opinion from Christian commentators, both people of color and white, who have expressed themselves as ... Read more »
  • Taking on the Alt-right: Theological Considerations by Paul Dafydd Jones November 7, 2018 November 7, 2018 While others have offered reflections on the alt-right from the standpoints of political science, sociology, and American history, my perspective is perhaps a bit different. While those fields tend in a descriptive direction, the work of the Christian theologian is often unembarrassedly normative in character. Such normativity will be on full display in ... Read more »