Does Christianity Need Donald Trump’s Help?

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Faith and the Election. Read other perspectives here.Now that Donald Trump is the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, we can look back at some of the promises he has made. Of interest to the current Patheos Public Square conversation on faith and politics are his promises to make businesses say Merry Christmas and his pledge to “work like Hell” for Christian power.In February, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas … [Read more...]

Trump University Court Documents Reveal Art of the Hard Sell

I have been reading (and cringing) through the court documents related to the Trump University fraud case. They do not paint a flattering picture of the failed educational venture. Mainly with this post, I want to link to the site where the documents are archived and encourage readers to explore the business dealings of the presumptive GOP nominee.Searchable Trump University DocumentsJust a nibble of what's there. What should a Trump U. seminar salesman do if the potential buyer wants to … [Read more...]

In New Book, Eric Metaxas Takes a Page from David Barton

Yesterday, History professor Gregg Frazer posted a very helpful preview of Eric Metaxas' upcoming book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. In this book, it appears that Metaxas has taken some pages from David Barton.There is a preview of the parts of the book available at Amazon and Google so I was able to check some of what Frazer wrote and look into a couple of additional problems. Given what I found, I would not recommend it unless one plans to fact check it. H … [Read more...]

Will Evangelicals Display the Mark of Trump?

Michael Gerson nails it in his column about evangelical support for Donald Trump in yesterday's Washington Post.He reports that 500 evangelical "leaders" will meet with Trump on June 21 and berates them because he assumes they have sold out. It certainly looks that way to me.I think evangelical leaders have a lot to lose by supporting Trump. Gerson asserts that they take on the mark of Trump by their support. They risk selling their souls for a nasty political stew. I already don't … [Read more...]

True or False: Donald Trump is the Vanguard of American Fascism

Several columns have been published of late claiming that Donald Trump is bringing fascism to America. Others argue he is not a fascist. In this post, I link to articles on the subject and invite readers to weigh in. Trump has done and promises to do things which are troubling and disqualifying, but do they come together and make American fascism? I think it is plausible but I continue to read and consider the evidence.True:This is How Fascism Comes to America - Robert KaganYes, a … [Read more...]

Bill Kristol Settles on David French for His Renegade Party

A former conservative think tank lawyer and National Review columnist (and Patheos evangelical blogger) David French is apparently at the top of the Renegade party ticket. From Twitter:Hillary Clinton is dishonest and Donald Trump is unstable. @DavidAFrench is a soldier and a scholar. #RenegadesUnite— Renegade Party (@RenegadeParty) June 1, 2016French seems like a nice man and worked hard for Romney in 2012, but as a serious let's-get-this-thing-into-the-House-of-Representatives … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Scottsdale Church to Launch August 7

Although a group of people has been meeting in Scottsdale, AZ for several weeks, the official launch of Mark Driscoll's The Trinity Church has been slated ("penciled in") for August 7, 2016.According to this video (click through to watch), the church still has to get some design elements in place. The plans sound pretty ambitious. It is not clear that the building isn't viewed as temporary. The building's "mid-century modern" style figures prominently in the "groovy" church. His launch … [Read more...]

Former Ex-Gay Leader Alan Chambers Says Ex-Gay Movement Is Gasping for Air

In a massive report by Mark Potok and available on the Southern Poverty Law Center website, former president of Exodus International Alan Chambers answers a question from Mark Potok about the future of ex-gay ministry. When Exodus was open for business, it was the largest organization dedicated to sexual reorientation.Potok's question is followed by Chambers' answer. What do you feel is the future of the ex-gay movement here and abroad?I honestly believe it is gasping for air. I don’t b … [Read more...]


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