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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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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.

    It's in the Code Ep 102: “Where the Bible Speaks, We Speak”

    It's in the Code Ep 102: “Where the Bible Speaks, We Speak”

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    “Where the Bible speaks, we speak.” Maybe this phrase is coming from your pastor, maybe it’s coming from Uncle Ron at the family cookout, maybe it’s coming from a Christian friend or coworker. No matter who is saying this to you, it almost certainly communicates their defense of the their religious and social views on the grounds that they have their origins in the Bible. But is this always the case? Is this how Christian identity actually takes shape? In this episode, Dan argues that it’s not, and looks at what this claim to “speak where the Bible speaks” is really doing.
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/StraightWhiteJC
    Order Brad's book: https://bookshop.org/a/95982/9781506482163
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    • 29 min
    NAR WATCH Episode 2: Charlie Kirk Joins Forces With NAR Leaders, A History of the NAR and Presidents, and Weird Reactions to the Appeal to Heaven Flag

    NAR WATCH Episode 2: Charlie Kirk Joins Forces With NAR Leaders, A History of the NAR and Presidents, and Weird Reactions to the Appeal to Heaven Flag

    Brad and Matt Taylor discuss recent flag controversies and the dishonest ways leaders have dismissed the Appeal to Heaven symbol as innocuous. They explore the historical and political influence of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) in U.S. presidential elections since 2000, detailing their involvement in George W. Bush's and Donald Trump's campaigns. The conversation shifts to the current strategies of the NAR and its coordination with Turning Point USA and Charlie Kirk in swing states for the 2024 election, particularly targeting Latino and African American communities. The episode emphasizes the growing political impact of the NAR and the urgency for broader awareness and media coverage.
    Buy Matthew Taylor's book, The Violent Take It By Force: https://icjs.org/the-violent-take-it-by-force/
    Spiritual Warriors NAR Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ev0P92-fqs
    Charismatic Revival Fury: https://icjs.org/charismatic-revival-fury/
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    • 49 min
    Decoding Christo-Authoritarianism, Ideology, and Propaganda w/ Dr. Scott Coley

    Decoding Christo-Authoritarianism, Ideology, and Propaganda w/ Dr. Scott Coley

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    Brad Onishi converses with Dr. Scott Coley, author of 'Ministers of Propaganda: Truth, Power, and the Ideology of the Religious Right.' Coley discusses the concepts of ideology, propaganda, and legitimizing narratives within conservative evangelical communities. They explore how these elements create and maintain social hierarchies, such as those based on race and gender, and the role of 'Christo authoritarianism.' Coley emphasizes how religious resources are used to justify and perpetuate these hierarchies. The episode also addresses how questioning or resisting these beliefs is often suppressed within these communities.
    Buy Ministers of Propaganda: https://www.eerdmans.com/9781467466004/ministers-of-propaganda/
    00:00 Introduction to Civil Rights Movement and Passive Resistance
    00:51 Critique of Civil Rights Movement's Approach
    01:43 Introducing Dr. Scott Coley and His Book
    03:53 Understanding Ideology and Propaganda
    07:48 Legitimizing Narratives and Social Hierarchies
    17:26 Christo Authoritarianism and the Hermeneutics of Legitimization
    25:03 Explicit and Implicit White Supremacy in Evangelicalism
    35:08 Gender Hierarchies and Patriarchy in Evangelicalism
    39:06 Conclusion and Premium Content Information
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    • 44 min
    Weekly Roundup: More Supreme Court Controversies, SBC Condemns IVF, and Georgia's as a Lab for Stealing 2024

    Weekly Roundup: More Supreme Court Controversies, SBC Condemns IVF, and Georgia's as a Lab for Stealing 2024

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    Brad Onishi and Dan Miller examine the shocking comments by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito caught on tape and contrast them with Chief Justice John Roberts' more measured approach. The hosts also delve into the Southern Baptist Convention's recent resolution condemning in vitro fertilization (IVF) and its implications for reproductive rights and the 2024 elections. Lastly, they discuss Georgia as a testing ground for voter suppression tactics designed to benefit Trump and the GOP in upcoming elections.
    00:00 Introduction: The Challenge of Polarization
    01:19 Supreme Court Controversies: Alito's Shocking Comments
    01:55 Analyzing Alito and Roberts: Trust in the Supreme Court
    02:04 Southern Baptist Convention and Reproductive Rights
    02:22 Georgia's Voter Suppression Tactics
    02:55 Meet the Hosts: Brad and Dan
    04:43 Supreme Court Justices Undercover: Alito and Roberts
    30:48 Reflecting on Political Discourse and Integrity
    31:11 Supreme Court Controversies: Then and Now
    34:34 Southern Baptist Convention's Stance on IVF
    38:24 Political Implications of the SBC's IVF Resolution
    50:00 Georgia: The MAGA Movement's Testing Ground
    51:06 Election Integrity and Voter Suppression Tactics
    59:32 Hope Amidst Political Turmoil
    01:01:01 Upcoming Events and Final Thoughts
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    It's in the Code Ep 101: “Spirit of the Age”

    It's in the Code Ep 101: “Spirit of the Age”

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    If you’ve encountered today’s right-wing culture warriors, you have heard them lambast efforts at LGBTQ+ inclusion, police reform, combatting climate change, and myriad other issues as reflecting the “spirit of the age.” But what do they mean by this? Where does this phrase come from? Is it specifically Christian, or does it have broader meanings? And most importantly, once we decode this phrase, what do we find people doing with it? Dan tackles these questions in this week’s episode.
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/StraightWhiteJC
    Order Brad's book: https://bookshop.org/a/95982/9781506482163
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    • 23 min
    America's Suffering From Social Long Covid w/ Dr. Eric Klinenberg

    America's Suffering From Social Long Covid w/ Dr. Eric Klinenberg

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    Brad Onishi discusses with Eric Klinenberg the long-lasting social and political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, framing it as a form of 'social long COVID.' The conversation highlights how the events of 2020 intensified distrust in government and deepened societal divisions, setting the stage for challenges in the 2024 elections. They also explore the symbolic role of face masks in these divisions and the impact of local mutual aid networks. Looking ahead, they assess how unresolved issues from 2020 continue to influence American civic life and political attitudes.

    00:00 Introduction: The Lingering Effects of 2020
    01:25 The Social Disease of Long COVID
    02:04 Reflecting on the Pandemic's Impact
    02:12 Interview with Eric Kleinberg
    04:07 The Symbolism of Masks
    07:49 America's Unique Pandemic Response
    25:38 Mutual Aid Networks and Community Resilience
    31:49 The Structural Isolation Crisis
    36:25 Looking Ahead to the 2024 Election
    43:31 Conclusion: The Future of American Democracy
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    • 40 min

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