American Religion, Pluralism, Secularism, Religious Liberalism, Church and State, Religious Freedom, Evil


David Mislin is a historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, with a focus on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics, and he is an assistant professor (teaching) in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Boston University, and holds an M.T.S. in Religion and Culture from Harvard Divinity School.

Mislin is the author of Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age (Cornell University Press, 2015) and a biography of the minister and social reformer Washington Gladden (forthcoming in 2018 from Rowman & Littlefield). He has published articles in the Journal of the Historical Society, Religion and American Culture, Church History, and Religions, and has contributed essays to several volumes on religion in American life. His work been featured on, Newsweek online, and the Washington Post’s Post Everything.

He is currently at work on a new book-length manuscript, tentatively titled Evil in America: The Cultural History of an Idea.


Selected Publications

  • Saving Faith: Making Religious Pluralism an American Value at the Dawn of the Secular Age (Cornell University Press, 2015) (Honorable Mention for the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History)
  • "Beyond Christian Nationalism: How the American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities Made Religious Pluralism a Global Cause in the Interwar Era." Religions 7 (December 2016): 149.
  • “One Nation, Three Faiths: World War I and Shaping of ‘Protestant-Catholic-Jewish’ America,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 84 (December 2015): 828-862.
  • “‘According to His Own Judgment’: The American Catholic Encounter with Organic Evolution, 1875-1896,” Religion and American Culture 22 (July 2012): 133-162.
  • “‘Never Mind the Dead Men’: The Damnation of Theron Ware and the Salvation of American Protestantism,” Journal of the Historical Society 11 (December 2011): 463-491.
  • “Roman Catholics.” Jeff Hardin, Ronald L. Numbers, and Ronald A. Binzley, eds., “The Idea that Wouldn’t Die”: The Warfare between Science and Religion: Historical and Sociological Perspectives. Johns Hopkins University Press (forthcoming, 2018).
  • “‘Against the Foes that Destroy the Family, Protestants and Catholics Can Stand Together’: Divorce Policy and Ecumenism.” Andrew Preston, Bruce Schulman, and Julian E. Zelizer, eds., Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in Modern America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. 9 21.
  • “The Cost of Inclusion: Interfaith Unity and Intra-Faith Division in the Formation of Protestant-Catholic-Jewish America.” Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda, eds., The Lively Experiment: The Story of Religious Toleration in America, from Roger Williams to the Present. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 193-207.

Courses Taught

  • IH 851/951: The Good Life
  • IH 852/952: The Common Good
  • HIST 3900.01: Honors Special Topics: Panic in America