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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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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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    God Save the Men: Evangelical (Toxic) Masculinity with Professor Kristin Kobes du Mez

    God Save the Men: Evangelical (Toxic) Masculinity with Professor Kristin Kobes du Mez

    Brad and Dan are joined by Professor Kristin Kobes du Mez, author of Jesus and John Wayne, and an expert on evangelical masculinity and culture. They discuss why evangelicals imagine Jesus to be a heterosexual strong man, how evangelical pastors prime their congregations for fear, the trappings of gender complementarity, the #churchtoo movement, and the damaging effects of patriarchal church cultures.
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    • 48 min
    The Myth of the Persecuted Christian and the Inverted Golden Rule

    The Myth of the Persecuted Christian and the Inverted Golden Rule

    Brad speaks with Dennison University political scientist Paul Djupe. They discuss Djupe's findings that those Christians who live in homogenous Christian communities are most likely to believe that Democrats, atheists, and others are trying to take their rights away. They also discuss data that shows a large majority of Evangelicals are willing to strip rights from nonbelievers.
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    • 44 min
    The Myth of the Christian Nation

    The Myth of the Christian Nation

    Dan speaks with author and constitutional lawyer Andrew Seidel. They discuss his new book, "The Founding Myth," and dissect the idea that the USA is a Christian nation.
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    • 44 min
    Confronting the Sh*ttiness of Paul

    Confronting the Sh*ttiness of Paul

    In his new book, Profaning Paul, USC Professor Cavan Concannon takes an unflinching look at the letters of Paul through the metaphor of excrement--or shit.

    "The letters of Paul have been used to support and condone a host of evils over the span of more than two millennia: racism, slavery, imperialism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism, to name a few. Following the lead of feminist, queer, and minoritized scholarship, Profaning Paul asks what would happen if we stopped recycling Paul’s writings. By profaning the status of his letters as sacred texts, we might open up new avenues for imagining political figurations to meet our current and coming political, economic, and ecological challenges.
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    • 40 min
    Weekly Roundup: One God, One Country, One Leader - On Leaving the Realm of Democracy

    Weekly Roundup: One God, One Country, One Leader - On Leaving the Realm of Democracy

    Brad and Dan discuss the censuring of Rep. Paul Gosar for his tweet depicting him as an anime character killing Rep AOC. This leads to a bold, but evidence-based thesis: There is no good Republican party. If it ever existed in the first place, it is now gone. What has taken its place is a party founded on Trumpism, grievance, and fascist tendencies.
    After providing evidence for this thesis, Brad and Dan ask two questions:
    What happens in parties and states where contradicting the leader is the only reason a member is punished?
    What happens when such parties/states give their authority a religious cloak?

    The episode finishes with a discussion of the recent instance of Kansas City residents donning yellow stars in order to compare their situations as unvaccinated people to the Jews in Nazi Germany.
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    Mild at Heart: Love, Sex, and Masculinity After Purity Culture: Ep 8

    Mild at Heart: Love, Sex, and Masculinity After Purity Culture: Ep 8

    On Mourning the One and the lessons about love you never learn in church.
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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744 Ratings

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Essential guide to the extremist white Christian threat to our democracy

Have learned so much about the white male ChristoFascist threat to our democracy - since the founding fathers through the Civil War, Jim Crow and accelerated since Brown v Board and then Reagan. We are in a fight for our survival.

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More liberal nonsense.

More Liberal nonsense.

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Good work

Nice podcast. Could you guys stop saying “sort of” and “kind of” all the time? Was the violence on 6 January really “sort of reprehensible?” I personally find it reprehensible—no qualifier needed.

Lots of other instances of the same. But good work—I realize how hard this must be! Congrats!

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