• Evangelicalism and the Problem of Selective Memory by Kevin Stewart Rose May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018 The past century or so of evangelical history in America might best be understood as a story of multiple rebrands. In the 1910s, evangelicalism drew on the expertise of business leaders like Henry Parsons Crowell of Quaker Oats fame to rebrand itself as “fundamentalism” through a massive print campaign that cast evangelical doctrine ... Read more »
  • Trump the Charismatic by Vincent Lloyd April 26, 2018 April 26, 2018 As the already mountainous evidence of Trump’s immorality, or amorality, steadily grows, the commentariat is searching for a way to explain how he retains any Christian support. Michael Massing places Trump in a religious tradition with its origins in the pointed, sometimes vulgar rhetoric deployed by Martin Luther against those he considered enemies ... Read more »
  • After Christendom, Christian Weirdness? by Paul Dafydd Jones March 23, 2018 March 23, 2018 Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Paul Dafydd Jones writes in response to Peter Ormerod’s recent article for The Guardian, “So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good.” *** ‘It’s quite a statement. “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good,” said Prof Stephen Bullivant ... Read more »
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber for the Washington Post on the Apocalypse March 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Charles Mathewes writes: “This is a nice bit of public theology, both in illuminating a contemporary situation by the organic use of theological categories, and also by explaining the meaning of those theological categories through applying them to a contemporary situation.” Read Nadia Bolz-Weber’s full piece, “We’re in the midst ... Read more »
  • Daniel Silliman for the Washington Post on Evangelicalism March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 Below, Religion and Its Publics Co-Director Charles Mathewes weighs in on Daniel Silliman’s recent Washington Post article, “Protestantism was born in Germany, but it was Billy Graham who brought evangelicalism there.” *** In Germany, “Evangelische” meant someone who was Protestant—who was for the “good news” (evangelion) of Christianity, in a distinctively Protestant way, as was traditional ... Read more »
  • Trump and the Banality of Evil by Evan Sandsmark February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 One of the central claims of Hannah Arendt’s book Eichmann in Jerusalem is that intention is not the most morally relevant feature of an action. The fact that Adolf Eichmann committed atrocious evils with the most mundane of intentions—he was merely following orders to advance his career, in his telling—does not nullify his culpability. It ... Read more »