A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the Past that Makes the Present

A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the history that makes our politics, health care, nativism, and Paris peace accord withdrawal By Marcia Pally Published in Religious and Ethics, June 8, 2017 In the United States, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is not likely to benefit a majority of Americans. Neither are […]

From European Calvinism to American Evangelicalism

From European Calvinism to American Evangelicalism By Marcia Pally Conference on Religious Ambiguities and Pluralities Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin June 22, 2007 As I understand my mandate today, it is to describe something about the evolution from European Calvinism to US-American evangelicalism. My unnovel assumption is that not only religious practice but doctrine, as […]

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above by Marcia Pally COMMONWEAL, November 22, 2016 They wanted “change,” he promised change, and change most of all from the lying, corrupt, incompetent government of the last eight years. He differed from all candidates before, and in an exercise of popular will against expectations […]

Trump: Why American Doesn’t Know What to Do With Government

“Trump, American Populism, and Why American doesn’t know what to do with its own government,” By Marcia Pally VIDEO: Presented at Humboldt University-Berlin. Jan. 9, 2017 Please note: After the brief introduction in German, the presentation is in English.

Donald Trump: Apostle of America’s Civil Religion

Donald Trump: Apostle of America’s Civil Religion Religion and Ethics 16 Nov 2016 By Marcia Pally Trump gives voice, not only to American discontent, but to its political faith that it will be solved by ‘booting the bums out’. The more he preaches, the more he taps into the national creed.  Before and since the […]

‘Throw the bastards out’: an American tradition from settlers to Trump

‘Throw the bastards out’: an American tradition from settlers to Trump by Marcia Pally Thursday 8 September 2016 11.00 BST This past summer, I was guest-teaching in Europe. When the talk of the town wasn’t Brexit, it was the US election. It was discussed the way you’d discuss an alien invasion: bizarre. A look at […]