The rapture and beyond
Daniel Hummel shows how deeply dispensationalism has shaped American religion.
Why did conservative evangelicals turn against the environment?
It was mostly politics, argues historian Neall Pogue.
The quiet rise of Christian dominionism
Jerry Falwell wanted to prepare America for the end of the world. Ted Cruz’s evangelical backers want to take America over.
by Keri Ladner
Obery Hendricks condemns the sins of right-wing evangelicalism
If his book were a trial, the verdict would be clear: guilty.
The religious fundamentalism that fuels the US-Iran oil standoff
What did the Moral Majority and the Islamic Revolution have in common?
Beyond winning to living well
How can we look beyond the next thirty days and focus on our whole lives?
The troubling theology that condones Roy Moore
The idea of a father God is extremely important in evangelical thought. They grasp that metaphor for God above all others. As a result, the evangelical understanding of the family is intimately connected to their understanding of God.
Reading evangelical history with one eye closed
Frances FitzGerald gets the religious right wrong—along with the evangelical tradition generally.
Waking up with Donald Trump
As we wake up to the election results, and the news that a large chunk of the voting block were white Christians, we see that the soul of our nation is hollowed and charred.
Is the religious right waning?
The religious right, as we know it, isn’t very old. Nor is it static.
The evangelical response to Trump
We have now heard Donald Trump’s words, literally ad nauseam, as he boasted about forcing himself on women, kissing them and grabbing them. Now, while the Republican Party implodes, many conservative evangelicals are brushing off the comments.
No, the Democratic Party is (still) not the party of God (guest post)
In an effort to triumph over the religious right, many progressive Christians have married their faith and politics to the Democratic Party, leaving little to no gap between their political visions and the party’s policies. Instead of celebrating this as a successful strategy for re-ascendency, I see it compromising radical Christian commitments to peace and justice.
Why I support Planned Parenthood
Jimmy Carter and the demise of progressive evangelicalism
Jimmy Carter rode to the White House in 1976 on the twin currents of his reputation as a “New South” governor and a resurgence of progressive evangelicalism in the early 1970s. Progressive evangelicalism, which traces its lineage to 19th-century evangelicals and to the commands of Jesus to care for “the least of these,” represented a very different version of evangelical activism from that of the religious right.
When evangelicals change with the culture
The closing of the doors of Exodus International earlier this summer doesn’t just signal a sea change in evangelical thinking about homosexuality. It also highlights some evangelicals’ dubious claims of adherence to immutable convictions.
Evangelicals and the redemptive symmetry of immigration reform
The scene at the Church of the Reformation several weeks ago—just a couple blocks from the U. S. Capitol—was a mixture of resolve and celebration, equal parts political rally and family reunion. People milled about on the front steps posing for photographs, greeting old friends and making new acquaintances.
Empowered women in the religious right
It would be easy for those of us who lean to the left of the political spectrum to dismiss the right by saying that they are waging a war on women, but that would deny the whole picture. What about Sarah Palin? What about Michelle Bachmann? And what about the other Grizzly Mamas who are being plucked, groomed and prepared as we speak?
Religious hopes for 2013
I’m proud to be a part of a movement whose great concern is learning to love your neighbor as you love yourself. And as we move into the new year, I hope those voices of justice will grow stronger—and I wish for some other things as well.
Avoiding the trappings of power
On many accounts, it would be good to learn from the religious right and their demise. What happened? Why did they fall into irrelevancy? Can we avoid the same problems? How?