H.L. Mencken was a writer, cultural critic, and famous American agnostic. The new biography, “Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H.L. Mencken,” by author D.G. Hart shows how Christianity actually framed Mencken’s ideas and shaped his career.

Hart is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, and he joins Federalist Radio to discuss what Mencken’s critiques of puritanism and protestantism can tell us about religion today. “From moralism in literature, or moralism in politics, he was taking on moralism in every which way, and that was also responsible for his critiques of religion because so often the moralism of American life was connected to American protestantism,” Hart said.