We started our Religion & Society series in 1998 because it seemed to us that religion was increasingly important in the world and yet misunderstood by many educated people. After the recent US elections, it’s hard to ignore the impact of religion in modern life and international relations. Berkshire feels a great sense of responsibility here. We have many sincere and admirable contributors who are fundamentalist scholars, and we are working with them to make their point of view comprehensible to nonbelievers.
In light of current events, however, we feel much sympathy with Frederick Douglass’s writing about the Christianity of the slave-owning southern states, which you can read here. Obviously times have changed, but questions of integrity and justice remain relevant today. Click below to read Douglass’s remarks.