Evangelicalism’s Racial Blindspot, Explained



This one is a doozy! And it’s both here and in the You Have Permission Podcast feed because it’s just that good. Sociologist Michael O. Emerson breaks down his and Christian Smith’s argument as to why White Evangelical Christians have such a bad track record on racial issues, summarized in their co-authored “Divided by Faith.” This is the best explanation that I have ever heard or read explaining this phenomenon.

“Divided by Faith”: https://smile.amazon.com/Divided-Faith-Evangelical-Religion-Problem/dp/0195147073/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=divided+by+faith&qid=1553212642&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Pass the Mic Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pass-the-mic/id1435500798?mt=2

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How to Resist the Mob (on the Left and Right)



(This episode is appearing on both the You Have Permission and Depolarize! Podcast feeds.) How do we know that we aren’t caught up in a “mob mentality” on social, political, or theological issues? Can universities be places where we teach young people to think critically? Can an openly gay woman and her conservative “marriage-is-between-one-man-and-one-woman” sister stay close friends? The answer to the last one is yes: Dr. Elizabeth Corey (Baylor University, First Things Magazine) and her sister Mary wrote a joint op-ed in the Atlantic in 2015 proving as much (Elizabeth is the conservative one). Dr. Corey helps Dan break down why things have gotten so mob-like, and what we can do to stay out of it.

Elizabeth and Mary’s Essay: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/i-choose-at-once-to-love-my-sister-and-disagree-with-her-on-gay-marriage/392279/
Other writings by Elizabeth: https://www.baylor.edu/great_texts/index.php?id=100039
The Coddling of American Mind: https://smile.amazon.com/Coddling-American-Mind-Intentions-Generation/dp/0735224897/ref=sr_1_1?crid=24RMCD9777FMY&keywords=coddling+american+mind&qid=1551469414&s=gateway&sprefix=coddling+ameri%2Caps%2C227&sr=8-1
How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds: https://smile.amazon.com/How-Think-Survival-Guide-World/dp/0451499603/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=how+to+think&qid=1551469424&s=gateway&sr=8-2

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Dan’s New Podcast / Season 3 Update



You Have Permission, Dan’s new faith-focused podcast, is out now, with 4 full length episodes launching from the get-go. Search for it on your favorite podcast app, or head to youhavepermissionpod.com to listen now, or listen to the trailer/intro episode right here.

Also, we will be back in February, or early March at the latest, with at least 6 more Depolarize! episodes, to finish out Season 3. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support!

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“Majority World” Christians & How They Help Us



Dr. Allen Yeh (Biola University) joins Dan and Ellen to talk about 1) the fact that most Christians in the world do not live in the West (Europe, North America), and 2) the difference between Orthodoxy (right thinking) and Orthopraxy (right action).

Allen’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/Allen-Yeh/e/B002Z8UFLY

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While You Were Evangelizing: Science (with Keith Ward)



Another installment of “While You Were Evangelizing,” where Dan and Ellen consider what was going on in less separatist, non-Evangelical Christian contexts over the previous 70 years or so. Were other types of Christians raised to be suspicious of science? Dr. Keith Ward (Cambridge) helps us answer that question, and argues that a robust understanding of what science has to tell us is required for an intellectually serious Christianity.

Keith’s book “Love Is His Meaning”: https://www.amazon.com/Love-His-Meaning-Understanding-Teaching/dp/0281077630/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541968382&sr=8-1&keywords=love+is+his+meaning
Keith’s Amazon Authors Page: https://www.amazon.com/Keith-Ward/e/B001H6Q88E

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Tribalism: Power, Bias, Performance



The first of two episodes (non-consecutive) focusing directly on the phenomenon of tribalism. Dan and Ellen hear from and respond to Donna Freitas (2:00), Michael Blake (15:00), and Christena Cleveland (37:00).

Donna: https://www.donnafreitas.com/
Michael: https://phil.washington.edu/people/michael-blake
Christena: http://www.christenacleveland.com/

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The Beauty of a Good Argument with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong



We are fortunate to have philosopher Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University) on the podcast today, talking about arguments — not the kind you have when you’re angry, but the kind you construct in favor of a position or policy. Arguments respect people by treating them as real agents capable of reason; they have myriad other benefits, and Walter walks us through all of it, as well as talking about polarization itself, why some kinds of it are harmful, and some possible ways forward.

1:30 – Polarization defined & measured; which types are bad?
11:00 – Civility and incivility
20:00 – Possible technological fixes for polarization
25:00 – Why Walter loves arguments
38:00 – Dan and Walter talk Jonathan Haidt and Paul Bloom
50:00 – Difference between Fights and Arguments
1:03:00 – What are some bad arguments?
1:13:00 – Walter challenges Dan’s politics a little
1:21:00 – Ellen and Dan discuss the interview

Walter’s WSJ piece: https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-get-along-better-we-need-better-arguments-1531411024
Walter’s latest book: https://smile.amazon.com/Think-Again-How-Reason-Argue/dp/0190627123/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540775147&sr=8-2&keywords=think+again
Walter’s online courses: https://www.coursera.org/instructor/~932346

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#ChurchToo & More with Karen Swallow Prior



Karen Swallow Prior is an author and literature professor at Liberty University — yes, THAT Liberty University. Her contribution to the InterVarsity Press essay collection “Still Evangelical?” explores why she is sticking with Evangelicalism, but not for the reasons you might assume. She is also at the center of the #ChurchToo movement in the Southern Baptist community, in particular the calling to account of former Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson.

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Should You Stay (Evangelical) Or Should You Go?



As we discussed last episode, it is indeed a crazy moment to be an Evangelical Christian.  Then again, so what?  Does that mean Evangelicals should leave their churches or their tradition to search for greener pastures?  As we hear from authors Danielle (D.L.) Mayfield (3:30), Katelyn Beaty (33:00), and Jemar Tisby (47:30), the answer is: “it depends.”

Danielle: http://www.dlmayfield.com/
Katelyn Beaty: http://www.katelynbeaty.com/
Jemar Tisby: https://jemartisby.com/

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