Are the good times really over for good?

Merle Haggard wrote and sang some terrific songs, and he collaborated and hung out with some of my favorite artists in the world of country music, but I had a hard time getting past his angry right-wing tribalism (whether he meant any of that, or if he was just selling records, isn’t clear, but also doesn’t really matter). [Read more…]

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The Bartonizing of ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism continues apace

Back in January, I worried that “A Ted Cruz win could further Bartonize ‘mainstream’ white evangelicalism.” Specifically, I worried that folks like John Fea and Warren Throckmorton would be subjected to the marginalizing tactics long practiced by the right-wing gatekeepers of the white evangelical tribe. This is what I was talking about. Dr. Fea’s restrained, temperate [Read More…]

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They have always been here. If you didn’t know that before, it’s because you couldn’t be trusted to know.

Rick Scarborough seems shocked that many white evangelical Christians have had abortions or know someone who has. He regards this as a sudden and very recent development. It’s not. These folks have always been there — in white evangelical churches and institutions. [Read more…]

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Does my sassiness upset you?

This is just all over the place. There’s stuff in here about Donald Trump, the Antichrist, the unwieldy New Hampshire legislature, True Scotsman evangelicals, terrorist groups, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Maya Angelou, and New Jersey governors both beloved and despised. [Read more…]

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When white supremacy is ‘conservative’ (and vice versa)

The problem, apparently, is that Russell Moore may be a staunch opponent of abortion and staunch defender of “traditional marriage,” but he clearly does not want to be a staunch defender of white supremacy. And that apparently makes a lot of white Southern Baptists very uncomfortable. To them, if Moore is not willing to defend white supremacy, then he isn’t really representative of Southern Baptists. [Read more…]

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It can happen here: Trumpism, Franklin Graham, and respectable white evangelicalism

The widespread popular support for Trump and Trumpism has been the subject of much consternation among white evangelical leaders dismayed to realize that much of that support is coming from their own white evangelical tribe. This, inexplicably, suprises them. It does not surprise me. Nothing that Donald Trump is saying on the campaign trail is substantially different from what Franklin Graham has been posting on Facebook for years now. [Read more…]

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Two Corinthians and Three Isaiahs

“Third Isaiah” is, in fact, fightin’ words in many white evangelical churches and institutions — even though the reference is not at all controversial (we might even say “innocuous”) among most evangelical clergy. This, again, reflects the gulf between what I’ve sometimes called the evangelical “faculty lounge” and the general evangelical populace. Evangelical leaders know many things that they cannot speak of outside of the faculty lounge. [Read more…]

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Two Corinthians, one cup (Donald Trump at Liberty University)

Donald Trump’s clumsy proof-texting based on a half-understood concordance search showed his audience at Liberty University that he shares their hermeneutic. And his awkward failed attempts to pander to their subculture comforted Liberty students with memories of their beloved, awkwardly pandering youth ministers from church back home. [Read more…]

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