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Evangelicalism | politics | American exceptionalism

Donald Trump and the Exceptions of American Evangelicalism

Evangelicals see themselves as exceptional in both respects: as not typical of American society as it currently is governed by loathsome elites, and as surpassing that society in virtue. ...

October 13, 2023
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Evangelicalism | Christian Nationalism | global Christianity

A Global Perspective on American Evangelical Politics

White American evangelical Trumpism is a lot more white and more American than it is evangelical....

September 13, 2022

Alan Jacobs | Books & Culture | Christianity | Donald Trump | mainstream media | Peggy Wehmeyer | Richard Mouw | Ross Douthat | Russell Moore | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Susan Wise Bauer | trolls

Anthropological Confusion, Epistemological Failure: Mainstream Media and Moderate, Orthodox Christians

A recent article on conservative trolls among the roiling White House press corps in The New Yorker can stand for a general ferment of fear and confusion among the Mainstream Media (MSM) in this era of Trumpian turmoil. What has happened to the good ...

April 6, 2017

Civil Religion | Colin Kaepernick | national anthem | NFL | Sports

Refusing to Stand: Can America's Civil Religion Tolerate Dissent?

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem...

September 22, 2016

The Continuing Responsibility of North-West Theologians in Global Christianity by John G. Stackhouse, Jr

As Martin Marty's pointed out in this past Monday's Sightings, "everyone knows" nowadays that Christian Europe is long over, and Christian North America is declining quickly as well.  Africa, South America, and Asia, with their burgeoning populations...

April 30, 2009

Census Canada — John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

Observers of religion and Canadian public life rejoice that the Canadian census, taken every ten years, asks questions about religious affiliation. Statistics Canada has now released its report on the religious components of the 2001 census, and thin...

May 29, 2003

Capital Offense — John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

First, a declaration: I am an evangelical and I am against the death penalty. Many people, within evangelicalism and without, seem to view such a declaration as a contradiction in terms. Aren't all evangelicals in favor of the death penalty? Indeed, ...

February 6, 2003