(RNS) Quick — what's the difference between a Puritan and a Pilgrim? Did either of them actually 'land' at Plymouth Rock? And who sat down for the original Thanksgiving? Let us ’Splain ...
Up to and including the massacre in Sutherland Springs.
Who invented Thanksgiving? A famous Jewish doctor in medieval Egypt. Seriously.
(RNS) If the conversation around the turkey starts to get a little heated, think on this: The impulse to give thanks is good for body and soul. Let us 'Splain ...
(RNS) The first witches were healers, herbalists, midwives and wise women. How did our image of the Halloween witch evolve, and why? Let us ‘Splain ...
(RNS) The Bay Psalm Book “is for American book collecting what the Guttenberg Bible has been for collecting, period,” said Bill Reese, a major dealer in printed Americana “…Except there are 46 copies of the Guttenberg.”
(RNS) Ever since President Obama won re-election, more than 700,000 Americans have petitioned the White House to let their respective states secede. Observers say those leading the charge are framing it in terms that suggest a deep-seated religious impulse for purity-through-separation is flaring up once again. This time, it’s playing out on a political stage. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.
(RNS) On the first Monday of September, America honors working stiffs by taking a paid day off. But does Labor Day celebrate an enterprise that God invented as a punishment? By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Attempts to favor one faith -- historically Protestant Christianity -- over others in the public square are doomed to fail in the new religious America of the 21st century. But that won't stop many in the majority from trying. By Charles C. Haynes.
(RNS) There are certain speeches, songs, books, letters, laws, and axioms that Americans appreciate enough to argue about, says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. By Daniel Burke.