The Rise of the Religious Left

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a community meeting at Grace Lutheran Church, Kenosha, Wis., September 3, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
The president-elect and reverend senator herald the arrival of a new era of religiosity in American politics.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A merican Christianity is and has always been a broad church. The same week that a band of Christian nationalists knelt and prayed before storming the Capitol building — shouting, too, at journalists (with unintended irony) “get the hell out of my way!” — a black Baptist preacher was elected on a left-wing platform to the U.S. Senate. And the same year that Democrats treated a Supreme Court nominee as a danger to democracy on account of her Catholic faith, they elected the second Catholic president in U.S. history.

In Europe, unlike in the U.S., the separation of church and state has

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