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Salvation is Not Forthcoming Any Time Soon: Trumpism and the Soul-Destroying Corruption of White Evangelicalism

by William Trollinger Evangelical leaders pray over Trump in the Oval Office. Photo via The Chicago Tribune (2017). “What does it profit a faith to gain a whole country and then lose it, along with its own soul?” (Sarah Jones) Four years ago, just after the...

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural: The Best Medicine is the Truth

by Rachael Griggs Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, engraved at the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: the U.S. National Parks Service Rachael Griggs is a science advocate and a Jesus advocate. Her awe of nature and appreciation for the sciences began with her first...

The Strange, Closed Cosmos of Evangelical Secularism

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)...

The Evangelical Mind: Going, Going, Gone

by William Trollinger Screenshot from Trey Smith’s The Coming Storm: A Donald J. Trump Documentary. Image via Youtube “Many, many soldiers . . . died for the freedom of many people of other shades and colors, some of whom were sold out by their own kinsmen and...

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...