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‘Empty the Pews’ chronicles the ‘nurtured insanity’ of a fundamentalist upbringing

There is a great exodus taking place in Christian circles. Can it be called a loss of faith? I don’t think so. It is rather…

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Religious leaders need ‘Empty the Pews’ — which chronicles the darker side of the ‘Nones’ phenomenon

Empty the Pews Edited by Lauren O’Neal and Chrissy Stroop Epiphany Publishing (November, 2019) In 2020, the rise of the so-called religious “Nones”—those who claim…

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Pete Buttigieg: Citing ‘Matthew 25’ isn’t a viable Democratic faith outreach strategy

John Stoehr, who has been one of my favorite political commentators for a while now, went ding-an-sich in yesterday’s column, discussing the difference between politics…

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Orthodox church cancellation of Louvre exhibit is a classic authoritarian move

This week has not been a very good one for the arts. Or history. The very same week President Trump announced that he was, once…

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Trump admin grant to Christian supporters ignites Twitter firestorm over taxpayer funded religious coercion

Reuters’ Sarah N. Lynch broke a big story on Monday morning highlighting one of the more outrageous examples of the Trump administration’s penchant for rewarding supporters…

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Here’s how Trump’s State of the Union address was a white Christian nationalist dog whistle

Amid the ripping paper and misbegotten medals, Trump’s State of the Union address promised nationalism with a distinctly Christian bent. Trump wants to steal $5…

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Did Romney cynically cite his Mormon faith for the Trump impeachment vote as critics claim?

So it turns out that at least some Republican leaders only care about faith when it moves the needle in their direction. Mitt Romney claimed…

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Literary critic George Steiner, whose views on anti-semitism drew controversy, dies at 90

In 2019 the community of literary scholars marked the passing of the pugilistic and controversial critic Harold Bloom; now only two months into the new…

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Here’s why Trump’s reality-TV gimmicks and xenophobic rhetoric in his SOTU speech appeals to evangelicals

Since late December, 2019, when retiring editor-in-chief of Christianity Today Mark Galli published his infamous “Trump Should Be Removed from Office” editorial, there’s been a great deal…

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It’s white evangelicals — and white evangelicals only — who are crazy about Trump

A smidge under a half-dozen items at the intersection of religion and politics for your enjoyment and edification. – eds 1. Let’s start with a…

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