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Jana Riess: Evangelicalism isn’t dying, and Catholics are going Republican

According to sociologist Ryan Burge, we’re living in a golden age of data about religion in the United States. There’s little excuse for some of the false narratives that keep floating around. I recently interviewed Burge about his new book, “20 Myths About Religion and Politics in America,” in which he tackles some of the most common misconceptions.
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Jana Riess: LDS Church’s weak statement on Russia’s invasion falls flat

On Feb. 25, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement so anemic that it wasn’t entirely clear whether it was supposed to be addressing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine the day before. “We are heartbroken and deeply concerned by the armed conflict now raging. The...
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Jana Riess: For Latter-day Saints, yesterday’s heresy is today’s orthodoxy

Last month, I published a column about how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had just added an editorial note to a February 1973 article titled “Strengthening the Patriarchal Order in the Home.” That article, the magazine editors’ note suggested, was no longer fully in line with the church’s values or teachings.
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Jana Riess: Softening LDS patriarchy, one correction at a time

Last week on social media, someone posted an interesting screenshot of a 1973 article from the Ensign, the official magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The interesting part was not the article itself (though it’s quite entertaining, as you will see below), but the editorial comment...
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