John Wigger

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The Playboy Philosophy and the Church

Lately I have been reading a draft of a biography of Hugh Hefner by a colleague of mine, Steve Watts. You may have seen an interview with Steve about the book on the front page of the Columbia Tribune earlier this month. Steve’s biography is brilliant at locating Hefner in American popular culture from the

The Great Divide

Most of the college students I talk to assume that colonial Americans overwhelmingly went to church and that America has steadily become less religious over time. Neither assumption is, in fact, true. On the eve of the American Revolution in 1776 only about 17 percent of Americans were religious adherents (a category that includes church