Byline: By RANDALL BALMER

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has made the book of Revelation relevant once again.The final book of the New Testament, with its apocalyptic...

My Turn: An unlikely legacy

1/2/22

As the nation continues to recover from the ravages of the Trump presidency (our diminished standing in the world, a crippled economy, the...

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case pertaining to New York’s strict limits on carrying guns outside the home provides conservative justices...

Randall Balmer: Mormons & money

4/5/21

James Huntsman wants his money back.We’re not talking here about a refund for a defective car battery or food processor. We’re talking about...

For those of us who care passionately about public schools, the departure of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education comes as a relief. Unfortunately...

I’ve long argued that institutions are remarkably poor vessels for piety, in part because it is in the nature of institutions to preserve...

Randall Balmer: A time for healing

12/6/20

Just after noon on Jan. 20, 1977, Jimmy Carter, newly sworn in as president of the United States, opened his inaugural address by thanking his...

The most startling statistic coming out of the 2016 presidential election was that 81% of white evangelicals cast their votes for Donald Trump, who...

Randall Balmer: A fable for our time

10/4/20

There was once a beautiful land between the oceans, a place of diverse peoples, towering mountains, crystalline, free-flowing rivers and broad...

My only visit to Liberty University coincided with Jerry Falwell Jr.’s debut before the students as president of the school. I was doing research...

Randall Balmer: Games historians play

8/2/20

When historians feel frisky (or perhaps a little bit bored), we sometimes engage in thought games, teasing out various possibilities. One of the...

Sometime last month, in the midst of this nation’s long overdue reckoning with the issue of race, it appears that someone at the Southeastern...

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