From Common-place, Richard A. Bailey reviews The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America by Linford D. Fisher; James S. Kabala reviews The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State by Nicholas P. Miller; Anthony Di Lorenzo reviews Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation by Amanda Porterfield; and An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States by Eric R. Schlereth; and Susan B. Ridgely reviews American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War by Eran Shalev. Was Massachusetts Bay a theocracy? Alan Johnson investigates. From LARB, Jim Hinch on the decline of the revival. Alex Henderson on 9 absurd religious-Right attempts to seem sexy and hip. Boys ditch Scouts for Trail Life over gay inclusion. Sarah Posner on the movie the faithful want you to see: Forget the Hollywood Jesus of Son of GodPersecuted is the film that best expresses the dark fears of the religious right. Amanda Marcotte on the Christian Right's bizarre delusions of persecution. Conservative Christians who feel under attack may be partly the victims of cynical politicians and media moguls, and a lot of their pity-party attempts at victimization really are ridiculous — but their fears do have a basis in reality. Sacred and profane: Malcolm Gladwell on how not to negotiate with believers. Eric Miller reviews The Right of the Protestant Left: God's Totalitarianism by Mark Thomas Edward. Elizabeth Sokler on how liberals are overlooking a major political ally: Yes, there’s a religious left!

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