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The Christian Right and the Decline of White Evangelicalism

by William Trollinger Update: This post is republished over at Red Letter Christians on July 30, 2021. A participant in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol poses with a Bible. Image credit: John Minchillo/AP via Word and Way . The headlines tell the...

The Seven Biggest “Devils” in Evangelicalism: Names Given

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)...

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...

Sin is Something Others Do

by William Trollinger Jerry Falwell, Sr. Photo by  William Sauro of the New York Times. In her magisterial work, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, Frances FitzGerald brilliantly explains a dynamic at the very heart of the contemporary Christian Right....