March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs

March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs

Under the banner of human rights, ecumenical Protestants waged a public assault on segregation in the 1940s. In the Journal of American History, I write about how Protestants became champions of human rights abroad and how the global rhetoric inspired the fight against Jim Crow at home: https://academic.oup.com/jah/article/105/2/267/5085737

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Why did the U.S. embrace the language of human rights in the 1940s? In this article for the Journal of the History of Ideas, I argue that the 1940s-era human rights language of “dignity” “personality,” and the “human person” was invented and popularized by liberal Protestants.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/703667

Part of a special forum on “Christianity and Human Rights”

Religious Diversity

Religious Diversity

Three American Protestant representatives at the World Council of Churches meeting in New Delhi, 1961. I have written about the Protestant encounter with the world’s diversity here: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/2/17/htm

Reinhold Niebuhr

Reinhold Niebuhr

American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr teaching a class at Union Theological Seminary, 1952. I have written about Niebuhr’s place in American history here: http://religionandpolitics.org/2017/04/25/reinhold-niebuhr-washingtons-favorite-theologian/

Kennedy and the World Council of Churches

Kennedy and the World Council of Churches

John F. Kennedy and Dean Rusk meet with World Council of Churches delegation. I have written about the history of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish relations (a part of a longer history of “Judeo-Christianity”) here: https://aeon.co/ideas/the-strange-short-career-of-judeo-christianity

Word of Life Mural, Notre Dame University

Word of Life Mural, Notre Dame University

Why do Catholics make up a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices? In this article, I look to the 19th-century history of institution-building to explain how Catholics, in a sense, became the brains of the American religious Right: https://aeon.co/ideas/evangelicals-bring-the-votes-catholics-bring-the-brains