Category Archives: religion

Book Riot recently released a list of 100 must-read books on life in cults and oppressive religious sects. Author Elizabeth Allen moved across the tragic, weird, and terrible landscape of misused faith to guide readers toward everything from the Heaven’s … Continue reading

Religion has played a protean role in the lives of America’s workers. Matthew Pehl focuses on Detroit to examine the religious consciousness constructed by the city’s working-class Catholics, African American Protestants, and southern-born white evangelicals and Pentecostals between 1910 and … Continue reading

Mwenda Ntarangwi is an associate professor of anthropology at Calvin College. He recently answered some questions about his book The Street Is My Pulpit: Hip Hop and Christianity in Kenya. Q: Your book explores the Kenyan music scene through the lens of … Continue reading

Holly Welker is an award-winning poet and essayist living in Arizona. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Best American Essays, and other publications. She recently answered some questions about the edited … Continue reading

In the summer of 1925, a timeless battle raged in a courtroom. On one side stood Salem, Illinois native John T. Scopes and his lawyer Clarence Darrow. On the other: the people of Tennessee, as represented by Salem-born politician-prosecutor William … Continue reading

Since its initial publication, Michael Hicks‘s book The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography has attracted raves for telling the fascinating inside story of the beloved American institution. We are pleased to announce that Michael’s peers agree with public opinion. His … Continue reading

Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie by Elizabeth Fones-Wolf and Ken Fones-Wolf has won the David Montgomery Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for the best book on a topic … Continue reading

Kymberly N. Pinder is Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Her book Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago explores the social and spiritual impact of African American religious art. The … Continue reading

When Michael Hicks spoke at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City about The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography, he sought to answer the top questions he’d been asked about his book. What were the burning questions that inquiring minds wanted … Continue reading

Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space by David J. Howlett has received the Smith-Pettit Best Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association (JWHA). The award was announced at the JWHA’s annual meeting, which was held … Continue reading