The rift between those who believe in a punitive God -- a God who insists on absolute obedience and condemns sensual delight -- and those who see God as the apotheosis of love, joy and freedom runs through hundreds of years of history. It also shapes the politics of contemporary America, where certain conservatives are still nostalgic for the days when Oliver Cromwell closed theaters, defaced tombs and smashed stained-glass windows. This is the vein that... More >>>