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Thomas Jefferson

Are You Smarter Than an 18th Century 10-Year-Old?

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

John Adams learned Latin at the age most of us today are still learning the difference between "their" and "there." He entered Harvard at sixteen and was practicing law by his early twenties.

What Does That 'Right to Bear Arms' Bit in the Constitution Say Again?

Flora Nicholas | Posted 07.31.2012 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

Does the Second Amendment say, "The right of the people to keep and bear an entire arsenal of battlefield weapons when they're not even part of an army, or even a militia, shall not be infringed"?

Ignoring the Homeless Is Un-American

Ira Chernus | Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact
Ira Chernus

Responding to the growing epidemic of homelessness is not simply an act of charity. It's an essential way to live out our most traditional myths of what it means to be a good American.

Congressional Candidate's Surprising Name Change

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

A Libertarian candidate for Congress in Kansas has legally changed his name to Thomas Jefferson in a bid to press his agenda. Jack Talbert, who is...

9 Famous Non-Believers In History

David Niose | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
David Niose

For millions of Americans, openly identifying as secular has become a way of making a statement, of affirmatively pushing back against politically mobilized religious fundamentalism.

Thomas Jefferson, Our Least Christian President

USA Today | Stephen Prothero | Posted 07.05.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) During a recent trip to Washington, I took in two exhibits on Thomas Jefferson at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Histo...

Learning and Independence: Examples for the Fourth

Michael Roth | Posted 09.03.2012 | College
Michael Roth

I've been so impressed by the consistent links between education and freedom that run through American intellectual history. As we celebrate America's birthday, let me share just two.

Declaration Of Independence: Full Text

Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Thirteen colonies -- including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticu...

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

Thomas Jefferson: American Enigma

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

This week we celebrate the independence declared and won during the founding era of the nation. Celebrating the Declaration of Independence brings annual focus to the primary author of the document, who is still the subject of competing claims about his life, his faith and his beliefs.

Founded in Enlightenment, America Faces Ignorance and Confusion As the Challenges Grow Ever More Complex

William Bradley | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

So as we celebrate another day off and think of fireworks, hot dogs, and all the rest, let's give some thought to how and why this country was founded. And consider how far we have to go in meeting challenges that would daunt even the best of the Founders.

Madeira: Wine World Glory/ Patriotic July 4 Choice

Richard Jennings | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Our tea-partying ancestors knew a good tax break when they saw one, so America's early love affair with one of the world's great wines was born.

July 3 And 4: Celebrating Inner And Outer Freedom

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.

On Independence Day, Also Remember Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Bill Moyers

Enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. But hold this thought as well: that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. If they were to look upon us today, they most likely would think how much remains to be done.

Let There Be (Political) Climate Change, and Let It Begin With Me

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.29.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

After a week that saw the Attorney General charged with contempt of Congress, and an ample number of anti-Obamacare protesters showing their contempt ...

The "Momentary Media" Strikes: Epic Fails by CNN and Fox Highlight Dysfunctionality

William Bradley | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
William Bradley

The two big cable "news" outlets were so intent on being fast that they were totally wrong. The reporters, producers, on-air "talent," nobody could be bothered to actually read through the decision before broadcasting their stupidity to the world.

Run It Like a Business? Really?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.22.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Let's stop trashing academic governance while exalting corporate governance as perfect. There's a need for governance reform in many businesses, and it all coalesces around innovation, speed to market, inclusion of those affected and ethics.

Washington Died In Office? Ten Shocking Rumors About The Founding Fathers

TruTV.com | Posted 06.22.2012 | Weird News

Sure, you've heard the rumor that Thomas Jefferson had an affair with one of his slaves. But did you know that George Washington may have been mur...

'Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Spin-Offs (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Katherine Patke | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment

There's been a lot of talk about the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" movie, not least of all because the premise sounds slightly absurd and...

UVA Board Blunder: What Would Jefferson Do?

Sean Donahue | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Sean Donahue

The decision to force University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's resignation has rightfully been met with anger and dismay, especially coming from a university that prides itself on trust and honor.

The Enlightenment Divides American Politics

William Bradley | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

There is no shortage of political divides in this era of angry politics. But one of the most fundamental of all is between those who favor the Enlightenment and those who oppose it.

Did Virginia Law Prevent Thomas Jefferson From Freeing His Slaves?

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Nearly two centuries after his death, Thomas Jefferson continues to be the subject of competing claims about his public policy and his private beliefs. Public discussion has heightened lately due to the publication of evangelical writer David Barton's new book.

Many Americans Are Content With Early Death Due to Inactivity

Jill Lawson | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

Many of us know, yet few are willing to admit, that sitting, being sedentary, and living a computer-bound life lead to early death. These facts are so startling, yet there are still so many struggling with adopting an active lifestyle.

Fiat Lux, Willard!

William Bradley | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Is Romney really saying that the shutdown Solyndra plant is an aesthetic masterpiece, one of the greatest places in the world? Yeah, probably not.

Education in America Serves No Purpose Today

William E. White | Posted 07.21.2012 | Education
William E. White

Americans have forgotten the reason why we educate children in America. As a result our children, schools, communities, and the nation are suffering.