White Evangelical Colleges vs. White Evangelical Parents

That reads like a caricature — a fantasy stereotype concocted by someone who has recently been told about the existence of white evangelical colleges, but who has never actually seen one. What do you suppose students learn at such a school? Who knows? Ronald Reagan, probably. And maybe C.S. Lewis? Oh, and the Bible, of course. This isn’t what students are really studying at these schools, but it’s what their nervous evangelical parents want to hear. [Read more…]

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Local News 1: A pastor in prison

This is an existential problem. It gnaws at our identity, our sense of who we are. And it gets harder and harder to deal with every time our communities or our subculture is wracked with the kind of scandal that put that local pastor behind bars. [Read more…]

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Anxious, overbearing parents glad for return of ‘Brio’

Brio is back. Focus on the Family is resurrecting its magazine targeting the teenage girls of white evangelicalism, because if anyone has his finger on the pulse of what’s hip and cool for teenagers, it’s long-time religious-right patriarch, spanking enthusiast, and proven false prophet James Dobson. Those who remember reading Brio back in the ’90s fall [Read More…]

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Postcards from the class & culture wars (4.13.17)

“Yes, the strong gets more while the weak ones fade. Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade. Mama may have, Papa may have, But God bless the child that’s got his own.” [Read more…]

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I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly

Michele Bachmann still treats “Left Behind” as a how-to manual for politics. White Christians in Alabama are fine with disenfranchising black voters, but not with extramarital affairs. “I’m going to rewrite the ‘Pina Colada Song’ as a Palm Sunday story,” somebody thought, and did. And Billy Sunday wasn’t much of a hitter, but he once stole 82 bases in a single season. [Read more…]

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And I dreamed I was dying

Another manufactured-housing community, another irresponsible landlord, another 49 families facing eviction and displacement. Same story, different day. Plus: Garry Wills on evangelicalism; the chemistry of Trump’s America; alt-right Warnkes go after Guy Fieri; and A.Q. Smith does a pretty good Ron Sider impression. [Read more…]

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Rayford Pence and ‘the Billy Graham rule’

“Is there anything sadder – and ultimately more repellent – than a clean-minded pornographer?” That was Pauline Kael reacting to Kubrick’s “Clockwork Orange,” but it’s also an apt description of the so-called “Billy Graham rule,” which fosters the creepy obsessiveness of the habitual cheater and attempts to re-brand it as vigilance. [Read more…]

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The audacious claim that we are not shaped by history

Every facet of white evangelical Christianity as it exists in America today is based on this unspoken belief. It is the bold claim that defines the tradition, the bedrock of everything that white evangelical Christianity is and strives to be. That claim is this: Hundreds of years of slavery and a century of Jim Crow oppression had no effect on the shape of American Christianity.

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