This site is my online home. I keep some of my academic work here, but a number of friends have encouraged me to do more popular writing on the tensions within American Christianity. I also write about faith, politics, and the fascinating places where they intersect in American public life.
About Jacob Lupfer
When it comes to American Christianity and American politics, I've been all over the map. Raised in a traditional, right-leaning family and church in Florida, I attended a conservative Southern Baptist college in Oklahoma and then a liberal United Methodist seminary in Massachusetts. In between stints as a public school teacher, I worked in parish ministry for two years. I'm now a doctoral student in political science at a Jesuit university in Washington, D.C.
I went from being a young Republican to a Democratic activist. These days, I'm not even registered to vote. I sat out the 2012 election. My zeal for political activism declined as I became a serious student of politics. I'm not without opinions, but they aren't as important to me as they once were.
As a youth, I experienced religion primarily as a matter of duty. I don't recall particularly liking or disliking church. I just went. Ironically enough, I became a theological liberal as a biblical studies major at Oklahoma Baptist University. In the years that followed, I grasped for some version of liberal Protestantism that I could believe honestly and with integrity. But in the end, faith was for me a list of things I did not believe in. Eventually, I dropped out of church altogether.
Even so, I have continued to feel that, on some level, Christianity would always be a part of my story. I resonate with English composer John Rutter, who describes himself as a fellow traveler and friend of the Christian faith. I count it as a privilege to be a lay friend to clergy of all political and theological stripes. My experience as a scholar of religion in American politics and my intimate associations with diverse aspects of American Christianity provide a constant stream of ideas, opinions, and tensions that I explore in my writing.
My wife, Cara, works as a lawyer in the federal government. We have a two-year-old daughter named Amelia. I write mostly from our rented home in Silver Spring, Maryland and from the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
No one is as good or as bad as they seem on the internet. I assure you the same is true of me.