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Getting Beyond the Culture War: One Inspiring Example

by Susan Trollinger Just about a week ago, Qasim Rashid (a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia’s first district) was speaking at an outdoor campaign event to about 30 supporters in the beautiful setting of Aquia Harbor in Stafford, Virginia. As you would expect,...

An Evangelical Purge, an Evangelical Rebellion and then, Signs of Hope (Really?)

by William Trollinger Harold Heie. Photo via Respectful Conversations It is absolutely true that, as John Fea likes to point out, not all evangelical colleges are the same. Not all evangelical schools have signed on to Ken Ham’s uninspiring list of Creation Colleges....

Was Jerry Falwell, Jr. the Last Great Fundamentalist Emperor?

by William Trollinger William Bell Riley. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis Star-Tribune. I will get to Jerry Falwell, Jr. in a moment. But first, a look at the first great fundamentalist emperor. I fell in love with the “new social history” at the University of...

Jerry Falwell, Jr. Unzipped His Pants for the Camera . . . But It’s Not About Sex

by Rodney Kennedy  Rodney Kennedy has his M.Div. from New Orleans Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Louisiana State University. The pastor of 7 Southern Baptist churches over the course of 20 years, he pastored the First Baptist Church of Dayton (OH)...

Thomas White, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and the Breathtaking, Awe-Inspiring Heights of Fundamentalist Hubris

by Susan Trollinger and William Trollinger One of the primary reasons that some 46,000 undergraduates attend Liberty University is that the institution obliges all of its students to adhere to a set of rules called “The Liberty Way.” That means that in addition to...