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March 23, 2013 | Law Politics & Religion

On the History of Religious Liberty | State of Belief Radio

Jay Michaelson speaks about a new report from Political Research Associates about the history of religious liberty.

Religious Liberty used to mean freedom from persecution and even death—and still does in many parts of the world. But how did this powerful phrase come to represent the interests of conservative Christians in this country? How did oppression get redefined to mean not being able to impose one’s own beliefs on others? An explosive new report from Political Research Associates explains how we got here, and how high the stakes are if things keep moving in this direction.

December 8, 2012 | Law Politics & Religion

The End is Near: A Book Review | State of Belief

Jay Michaelson talks about the conclusions he drew when reviewing two lengthy books about apocalypse for Religion Dispatches Magazine.

What is it about the idea of impending doom that seems to hold an attraction for so many of us? Whether it’s the Maya prediction, the “fiscal cliff” rhetoric, Y2k, or some other version of “the end is near,” the concept seems to hold a perverse appeal. Jay Michaelson is on the show to talk about the conclusions he drew when reviewing two lengthy books on the subject for Religion Dispatches Magazine.