Guest editorial: Consciences—distressed and dissenting

Roger Williams, a pioneer Baptist dissenter whose statue overlooks Providence, R.I., stood strong as a 17th century advocate for religious liberty (Photo by Timothy Burling / CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)

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In Dissent in American Religion, the great historian Edwin Scott Gaustad wrote, “Should a society actually succeed … in suffocating all contrary opinion, then its own vital juices no longer flow and the shadow of death begins to fall across it. No society — ecclesiastical or political, military or literary — can afford to be snared by its own slogans.”

BillLeonard 150Bill LeonardGaustad’s insights into the nature of dissent resonate in this election year. …

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