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January 6, 2021 | Righting America

American Lament: Navigating the Apocalypse with Michael Flynn and Oliver North

by Dominic Sanfilippo Dominic Sanfilippo is researching political and theological polarization, conspiratorial rhetoric, and emerging fundamentalist influences on American Catholicism while pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies at the University of...

“Shall the Evangelicals Win?”: A 2022 Update of Harry Fosdick’s 1922 Sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?”

by Rodney Kennedy Book Cover for Fosdick’s Shall the Fundamentalists Win? Or, The New Knowledge and the Christian Faith. Image via Amazon. Rodney Kennedy has his M.Div. from New Orleans Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Louisiana State...

A Colorblind Racism

by William Trollinger Cover Image for The Bible Told Them So: How Souther Evangelicals Fought to Preserve White Supremacy by J. Russell Hawkins (Oxford University Press, 2021) In his terrific 2021 book, The Bible Told Them So: How Southern Evangelicals Fought to...

Two Peas in a Pod: QAnon Conspiratorialism and Young Earth Creationism

by William Trollinger Doug Jensen gestures to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6. Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, Iowa, was jailed Jan. 9 on federal charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct...

A House Divided: Evangelicals, An Insurrection, and Donald Trump

by Terry Defoe Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 carry a flag saying “Jesus is my Savior. Trump is my President.” Image by Selcuk Acar via The New Republic. Pastor Terry Defoe is an emeritus member of the clergy who served congregations in...

Mark Meadows: Before the Attempted Coup, the Tawdry World of Young Earth Creationism

by William Trollinger Insurrectionists enter the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Photo by: John Minchillo (Associated Press) An evangelical young Earth creationist played a central role in Donald Trump’s coup attempt? Not a shock. Late last night the House of...