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Film | Evangelicalism | AAPI Inclusion

Evangelical Critics Are Turning Red

Outrage over a recent children's film illustrates the narrowness of evangelicalism and the experiences it has failed to understand.

April 22, 2022

Hebrew Bible | political religion | Evangelicalism | Christian Right

A Biblical Attack on the Capitol?

The alternative facts and faulty exegesis behind Evangelicals' "Biblical worldview."

January 14, 2021

Donald Trump | politics | Evangelicalism | Christian Right | Pentecostalism

Paula White and the Mainstreaming of American Pentecostalism

Trump's appointment of Paula White is an indicator of shifting lines within the Christian right

November 7, 2019

Evangelicalism | Sports

How Evangelicalism is Shaping College Football

Considering Evangelicalism's role in shaping the economy of college football.

September 26, 2019

Billy Graham | American religion | Evangelicalism

They Called Him Billy

Several years ago, my wife, Katherine, and I spent a week researching letters that Americans sent to the evangelist Billy Graham, who died in 2018 at age 99. One day we stumbled on an undiscovered cache of children’s messages. They provide a window i...

September 5, 2019

Evangelicalism | fundamentalism | apocalyptic theology | Donald Trump

Tangled in Apocalyptic Thought

President Donald Trump had a historic day on August 21, 2019. In less than twenty-four hours, he was declared “like the King of Israel” by conservative commentator (and Jewish convert to Christianity) Wayne Allen Root, and declared himself, in an ent...

September 2, 2019

pop culture | Evangelicalism

A Pilgrim and Her Progress

I’m not able not to read Jia Tolentino. Initially compelled just by her name, she has easily held my ongoing attention with a prose at once lyrical and smart, and a perspective apposite in its topics and utterly different from my own. She teaches me ...

June 17, 2019

Evangelicalism | white evangelicals | suburban churches

God’s Commission: Evangelical Finance in Suburbia

Evangelical megachurches in suburban Chicagoland have faced serious challenges of late, and none more notable than the recent fall of Bill Hybels at South Barrington’s Willow Creek Community Church—a pastor and his flock fairly credited with paradigm...

June 2, 2019

Mainline Protestants | Evangelicalism

Who’s Running the Show?

Sightings columnists often write close-ups on news of the day or week. But sometimes they/we “sight” long-trending items. Today’s column is one of the latter. And it begins with my doctoral studies teacher, Sidney E. Mead, and an influential essay he...

April 8, 2019

politics | American exceptionalism | Evangelicalism

On Gods and Kings

How are we to “sight” the always intricate, sometimes chaotic, and too often hidden relationship between religious convictions and political order? More often than not it requires piecing together a jigsaw puzzle with hints from hither and yon, in bo...

January 28, 2019