History of the Religious Left

This series explores the history of the Christian Religious Left from the late 19th century to the present. Brad, Dan, and their guests explore how the Religious Left was the predominant form of American religion until the mid-twentieth century, how it declined during the 1960s and 1970s, and how contemporary ministers, writers, and activists are working to make its calls for justice and equality more visible in our public square. 

Prophets and Patriots

On the last episode of our series on the Religious Left, Dan speaks with Professor Ruth Braunstein about how the political organization of progressive faith groups, “good troublemakers,” and the ways moral humility is good for democracy.


The Re-Emergence of the Religious Left

On a double episode, Dan and Brad first discuss the re-emergence of the Religious Left in the Trump Era, what it means for the 2020 election, and if it can continue after the Trump years. Then, Brad talks to Dr. Benjamin Rolsky about his new book, “The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left,” which focuses on Norman Lear and his media empire in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.


A History of the Religious Left 2.0: Victorious Invisibility

Brad and Dan continue their discussion of the history of the Christian Religious Left. They try to figure out how Mainline Protestantism won massive cultural victories in the 20th century, only to decline rapidly in terms of membership and political visibility.


A History of the Religious Left

Brad and Dan kick-off a series on the Religious Left by giving a brief history of the Christian Left over the last century. They highlight four main differences with evangelicalism: approaches to the Bible, the relationship between science and religion, the end of the world, and the Social Gospel vs. Individual Piety.

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