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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...

The Bible, and the Creation Museum Bible

by William Trollinger President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John’s Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP...

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....

SpongeBob SquarePants Bad, Tucker Carlson Good: The Moral Universe of Ken Ham

by William Trollinger SpongeBob SquarePants. Image courtesy of Nickelodeon. This past Saturday Nickolodeon celebrated Pride Month by very strongly suggesting that their popular cartoon character,  SpongeBob SquarePants, is gay. LGBTQ+ activists immediately celebrated...