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An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of Christian Nationalism and Evangelicalism by two ex-evangelical ministers-turned-religion professors. If you have ever wondered what social and historical forces led white evangelicals to usher Donald Trump into the White House this is the show for you. As former insiders and critical scholars of religion, Dan Miller and Bradley Onishi have a unique perspective on the Religious Right. Guests have included Chrissy Stroop, R. Marie Griffith, Janelle Wong, Randall Balmer, Katherine Stewart, and many others.
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Straight White American Jesus Bradley Onishi + Daniel Miller

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of Christian Nationalism and Evangelicalism by two ex-evangelical ministers-turned-religion professors. If you have ever wondered what social and historical forces led white evangelicals to usher Donald Trump into the White House this is the show for you. As former insiders and critical scholars of religion, Dan Miller and Bradley Onishi have a unique perspective on the Religious Right. Guests have included Chrissy Stroop, R. Marie Griffith, Janelle Wong, Randall Balmer, Katherine Stewart, and many others.
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    The Real and Present Danger of Male Supremacist Terrorism

    The Real and Present Danger of Male Supremacist Terrorism

    Alex DiBranco is Executive Director and Founder at Institute for Research on Male Supremacism. Alex stops by to discuss "Male Supremacist Terrorism as a Rising Threat". According to Dibranco, male supremacism is a right-wing extremist ideology that has contributed to terrorist attacks, primarily in the US, but also in Canada and Europe. Within male supremacist communities, the motivation for terrorist attacks stem predominantly from two core misogynist beliefs: 1) the belief that men are entitled to sexual access to women, and 2) the belief that feminists are a malevolent force controlling society at the expense of men, a frame similar to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories regarding Jewish elites controlling the world.
    Alex and Brad discuss how secular and religious male supremacisms are cut from the same cloth, the dynamics of superiority and humiliation in male supremacist terrorism, and the rise of the Proud Boys.
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    • 34 min
    Weekly Roundup: Pledge Allegiance to the January 6th Insurrection Flag

    Weekly Roundup: Pledge Allegiance to the January 6th Insurrection Flag

    Brad and Dan begin by discussing a rally for VA gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin where supporters pledged allegiance to a flag carried at the January 6th Insurrection. To top it off, Steve Bannon--who is ignoring a subpoena to testify about January 6th--appeared at the rally to support Youngkin's campaign.

    They then discuss an ongoing debate in a school district near Forth Worth Texas, where libraries have been closed surrounding the need to teach "multiple perspectives" on the Holocaust. This is a direct result of new laws in Texas passed by Gov. Abbott last month.
    The episode finishes with a discussion of the politicization of SCOTUS in the wake of a speech given by Samuel Alito at Notre Dame a few weeks ago.
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    • 58 min
    Mild at Heart: Love, Sex, and Masculinity After Purity Culture: Ep 5

    Mild at Heart: Love, Sex, and Masculinity After Purity Culture: Ep 5

    Brad discusses the fact that masculinity is often a performance for other men. Men fear what other men think of them, creating the need to constantly live up to an ideal of masculinity that is neither rooted in reality, nor healthy. Purity culture exacerbates this phenomenon by setting up God as the Ultimate Masculinity who every man mimics, but cannot live up to. This leads to anxiety and insecurity under the scrutiny of what Brad calls "the masculine gaze."
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    • 21 min
    The Rise and Fall of the Mars Hill Podcast

    The Rise and Fall of the Mars Hill Podcast

    Brad speaks with Dr. Jessica Johnson, research fellow at the College of William and Mary and author of Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll's Evangelical Empire. They discuss the ways that Christianity Today's podcast, "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill," primes its audience using similar tactics to Driscoll and other megachurch pastors, how it refuses to center abuse victims, and how it acts as a covert reclamation project for evangelicalism.
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    • 36 min
    Weekly Roundup: MAGA Conservatives vs "Non American Americans"

    Weekly Roundup: MAGA Conservatives vs "Non American Americans"

    Brad and Dan begin by discussing the Senate Judiciary Committee's findings on how Trump sought to overturn the election by pressuring the DOJ. Dan relates these revelations to the concepts of populism and nationalism, showing how Trump used tactics used by populist leaders who take control of every aspect of government in order to take complete control of a nation.
    They then turn their attention to a brand new interview with the president of the Claremont Institute, the MAGA think-tank that helped produce the lawyer who outlined Trump's plan to decertify the electoral college votes. Brad and Dan discuss the view expressed in the interview (and an additional essay) that half of Americans aren't real Americans, the Founders framed the Constitution to work for an exclusively Christian nation, and that a civil war is on the horizon.
    They finish the episode by discussing how the Texas abortion bill may be the catalyst that finally turns the Lone Star state blue over the next decade.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mild at Heart: Love, Sex, and Masculinity After Purity Culture: Ep 4

    Mild at Heart: Love, Sex, and Masculinity After Purity Culture: Ep 4

    Brad shares an episode from his deconstruction when he began to date again. It was the first time he was out of church and single since he converted. What ensued was a crisis of self image and a crisis of masculinity. While he was overjoyed to be outside the narrow confines of the Evangelical fold, he also had no tools with which to understand himself in the world. When he tried to date "out there in the world," he immediately felt worthless, empty, and full of self doubt.
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    • 26 min

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

SusanCornwall ,

Excellent

I am an atheist and I never would have thought that I would enjoy this show. It is amazing. It is helping me understand the challenges facing our American neighbours. Thanks

Bukrahnan ,

Never miss

I listen to every episode, I enjoy this point of view and how it’s presented very much. I can see how people who don’t agree politically would probably not enjoy it. Sometimes I just like to be the choir

Lotp3 ,

Intelligent discourse

I look forward to this podcast every week, to discuss current events in an academic post-evangelical context. They are thorough with amazing guests, and in-depth analysis of the modern White, evangelical church, and the effect it has had and is having on our culture and politics.
Highly recommended!

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