Tag: christianity

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The Dangers of Preaching the Persecution of Christians in the United States Continued

In my last post, I wrote about the dangers of preaching persecution in the United States. Since writing that post, I finished Candida Moss’ The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martydom and read Jason Stanley’s How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. Each of these books have helped, in different ways, me with thinking about the harm … Read More The Dangers of Preaching the Persecution of Christians in the United States Continued

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The Dangers of Preaching the Persecution of Christians in the United States

Growing up in the evangelical church, and continuing to attend during adulthood, I’ve noticed that the sermons from the pulpit typically, but not always, revolve around a handful of themes: service, spiritual gifts, tithing, relationships, evangelicalism, and a few more. Along with this carousel of themes, various comments continues to arise again and again. For me, the one that pops up all of the … Read More The Dangers of Preaching the Persecution of Christians in the United States

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White Supremacy and The American Patriot’s Bible

About a year ago, I was in a book club where we read discussed White Jesus: The Architecture of Racism in Religion and Education. During our conversations, we learned about The American Patriot’s Bible, edited by Dr. Richard G. Lee. The Patriot’s Bible, as the subtitle says, shows “The Word of God and the Shaping of America,” clearly marrying the United States to a … Read More White Supremacy and The American Patriot’s Bible

Politics in “Christian” Songs: Part V

Today, I’m going to finish talking about Zao by looking at their song “Xenophobe,” but before I do that, I want to take a moment and detail what I’ve learned over the course of working on these posts. I’ve started delving more into the topic, finding songs and bands that I totally missed during the late 1990s and early 2000s. I’m also starting to … Read More Politics in “Christian” Songs: Part V

Politics in “Christian” Songs IV

Like all of the bands I’ve written about in this series, Zao came out of the “Christian” music scene of the 1990s and 2000s, a scene spearheaded in many ways by Tooth and Nail Records and Solidstate (the harder branch of Tooth and Nail). However, the bands I’ve discussed have dropped that “Christian” label, pointing out the problematic nature with such a label, specifically … Read More Politics in “Christian” Songs IV