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The Same Old Evangelical Enemies

by Rodney Kennedy Editor’s Note: this piece appeared earlier this week at Word&Way. We are happy to share it here for our readers! Book Cover, Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan L. Trollinger and William Vance Trollinger, Jr. (2016). Historians...

Red Dynamite: Creationism, Culture Wars and Anticommunism in America: An Interview with Carl Weinberg (a.k.a., the perfect post for Labor Day)

by William Trollinger Book Cover for Carl R. Weinberg’s Red Dynamite: Creationism: Culture Wars, and Anticommunism in America (2021, Cornell University Press) Carl R. Weinberg is Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor...

Two Peas in a Pod: The Insecurities and Shame of Donald Trump and White Evangelicals

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...

Charles Taylor and the Disenchanted World of Fundamentalism

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...

A Scopes Trial Redux: Evolution, Coronavirus, and the Evangelical War on Science

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)...