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The Christian Right and the Decline of White Evangelicalism

by William Trollinger 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 story. White evangelicals are in decline and now find themselves...

The Making of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: An Interview with Beth Barr

by Susan Trollinger Beth Allison Barr (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she specializes in medieval history, women’s history, and church...

White Nationalism and Faith: An Interview with Camille Kaminski Lewis

by William Trollinger Camille Kaminski Lewis is, as of this fall, an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Rhetorical Studies with a minor in American Studies. Her...

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)...

Thank God This is Lent: Evangelicals and the Irony of Parrhesia

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...

Anti-Vaxxers and Answers in Genesis

by William Trollinger (with Susan Trollinger) “They are concerned about a virus that doesn’t kill very many people at all.” – Georgia Purdom, Answers in Genesis (AiG)“They are trying to manipulate me into getting a vaccine that I don’t believe in and don’t see any...