The Tragic Sense of Historical Illiteracy

Pear of Anguish

What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it. --Miguel De Unamuno The Tragic Sense of LifePresident Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast noting several historically accurate examples where Christianity was used to justify terroristic amounts of violence means that as a historian of American religion, I will never lack for material to once again note that conservatives in the U.S. are mired in a tragic cycle of distorting and ignoring … [Read more...]

Latino/a Rehab Ministry embroiled in controversy

Did some digging about the controversial decision made by New Hope Ministries of Lakewood, Colorado to cancel the funeral of a lesbian right before the funeral was about to begin. You can read about it here:New Hope Ministries and others like it are churches that I am pretty familiar with, since I spent a good part of my graduate school years following ministries like this. The churches have rehabilitation homes attached to them where they are, as New Hope's website says: "A center of Hope … [Read more...]

The Confessions of Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

The Confessions of Joyce MeyerSo in order to finish this long awaited book, I have immersed myself in the study of Joyce Meyer, I like to call it the Method Acting version of history--reading her words, watching her on t.v., trying to imagine myself as her devotee or, as Meyer herself to see what it is about her that people, particularly evangelical/Pentecostal women find so enticing about her ministry?Meyer, if you don’t know, has quite a testimony. As a young girl, she was subjected to … [Read more...]

Hunting For Heresy at Regent University…& Hobby Lobby & World Vision (Pt 3)

Keep Calm and Decolonize

About a month ago I gave a plenary address at Regent. The conference was well planned, the discussions were stimulating and I left with a renewed sense of my work as an academic.  The conference, on Latin American and U.S. Latino/a Pentecostalism, was a first of its kind. As someone who has spent a couple of decades studying the latter, it was heartening that such a conference finally occurred. That it occurred at Regent, I will be honest, was a bit of a surprise, since evangelical colleges are … [Read more...]

The Death of the Religious Right?

Protesting Anti Immigrant Laws

Back after a long holiday break....Beginning a  several-part series on why all of the proclamations about the death of the Religious Right are mostly wishful thinking....Not that I don't wish it was true--the Religious Right's contributions to Christianity start and end at fear...But that is not the issue, the issue is the earnest desire of many progressives for that movement to go away since its followers and the politicians it supports are despised in some of my circles (academia … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving! (Culture War) Is Over If You Want It

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Every major holiday I make a special plea--hoping to convince a few fellow travelers who are feeling generous during the holidays. What is this plea? To stop listening to the alarmist rhetoric that emanates from the most radical quarters of their respective movements and once and for all put an end to this manufactured thing called the "culture war." Please do not be surprised that these feigned outrages are not selective, manipulated for maximum effect, and, if you analyze closely--often … [Read more...]

Really who cares what John MacArthur thinks?

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I don't normally enter white evangelical world dust-ups, there are really too many, and they are often uninteresting. Also, I figure if I give celebrity preachers the time of day, they may actually start to think that I take them seriously, which I don't, but when the likes of John MacArthur goes on a wholesale attack against the Pentecostal/charismatic movement, well then, I have lots to say, but I have not found a blog post that says it quite as well as my Twitter friend "HoodieR" does---so, … [Read more...]


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