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Allison Vander Broek

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Thank You, Rachel

A little over a month ago, Rachel Held Evans passed away after a brief illness. After her death, there was an outpouring of grief from people across the religious spectrum. Just recently, beautiful reflections on her life and legacy were…
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Reading for the Civic Mind

One of my favorite things about the last two years has been a new tradition started with my best friend from back home in Iowa--our weekly long-distance book club. I don’t even remember whose idea it was but at some…
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Out of the Bubble

It’s not an infrequent occurrence that my friends will reference a song from the 1990s or early 2000s and I have no idea what they’re talking about. My response is usually along the lines of “No, I’ve never heard that…
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Religious Categories Reimagined

As a scholar of American religion, one of my favorite things to do is to think about the ways we sort Americans based on religion. Is it by self-identified religious affiliation? The church or synagogue or mosque one attends? A…