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Stephen Prothero

Stephen Prothero is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Stephen Prothero

Who would Jesus vote for? Maybe Bernie (COMMENTARY)

By Stephen Prothero — February 17, 2016
I cannot shake the sneaking suspicion that Bernie Sanders is the most Christian candidate in the race.

Trump’s religious bigotry is as American as apple pie (COMMENTARY)

By Stephen Prothero — December 9, 2015
Trump is popular because he is giving voice to anxieties deeply held in the heartland, not least the anxiety that “they” are taking away “our” country.

A secret Muslim president? Been there. Done that. (COMMENTARY)

By Stephen Prothero — September 23, 2015
Muslim in the White House? Thomas Jefferson got tagged with allegations he was a Muslim or maybe a Jew or an atheist.

COMMENTARY: Is the Hobby Lobby Bible elective objective?

By Stephen Prothero — May 13, 2014
(RNS) I do not doubt that Steve Green wants to produce a non-sectarian Bible textbook. I am skeptical, however, that the scholars that Green has assembled for this job are capable of producing a textbook beholden to facts rather than faith.

COMMENTARY: India’s fundamentalists win this round

By Stephen Prothero — February 25, 2014
(RNS) The banishment of a U.S. scholar's book in India is emboldening those who claim to speak on behalf of all Hindus.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Thomas Jefferson, our least Christian president

By Stephen Prothero — July 2, 2012

(RNS) This Fourth of July, after the parades are over, I propose we all devote a few minutes to remembering our least Christian president. Instead of reading David Barton, go straight to Thomas Jefferson himself and to the words he chose to deliver on his first day as president. By Stephen Prothero. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: America Should Rethink That Whole `No Religious Test’ Bit:

By Stephen Prothero — May 1, 2007
c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) We need a religious test for the U.S. presidency. The Constitution mandates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.’ So I am not talking about requiring that the president be Christian or Judeo-Christian or even […]
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