The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS – now Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies) hosted the National Jewish Scholars Project in the late 1990s. After several years of meeting in Baltimore, four interdenominational Jewish scholars published Dabru Emet (“Speak Truth”) as a full-page statement in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other major newspapers and religious websites on September 10, 2000. In that same spirit, ICJS has invited scholars and thinkers to revisit Dabru Emet in a public-facing, online academic forum in honor of its 20th anniversary in partnership with American Religion.
Published semiannually, American Religion offers a forum for intellectual and creative engagement with religion in the Americas. As the journal explores the boundaries of both “America” and “religion,” and ways in which the two intersect, the journal’s broader intervention in the publishing landscape takes exception to more standard historical conceptions of “American religion” as related to denominational history, surveys of religious pluralism, or “church history” that derive from and contribute to US exceptionalism and its adjunct cultural productions.