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Faith of Our Founders: The Role of Religion in America’s Founding
Mark David Hall, The Imaginative Conservative

George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are regularly referenced as Founders who embraced deism. Yet to my knowledge no writer has ever produced a public or private letter, journal entry, or text showing that these men rejected orthodox Christianity or embraced deism.

1 in 5 Americans are “Religious Liminals,” Says New Research
Derek Beres, Big Think

You’ve likely seen conflicting headlines like this: “Atheism on the rise.” “Religion experiencing an increase.” “Millennials Less Likely to Be Religious.” “Churches Finding New Ways to Reach Young Audiences.” And so on. The question remains: Are we becoming more or less religious?

Why America Can’t Lower Child-Poverty Rates
Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal

Allowing millions of low-skilled immigrants into the U.S. every year swells the ranks of the poor.

What Is the ‘Judeo-Christian Tradition’?
Jeremy Fuzy, Big Questions Online

We often hear or read the label “Judeo-Christian” and do not think twice about the fact that it combines two rather disparate things.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).