Monthly Archives: May 2018

What is a Liberal Mainline Protestant?



This week and next, Dan walks Ellen (and the rest of us) through the world of Liberal Mainline Protestants: Methodists, Episcopalians, some Lutherans, some Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, and others. This is Part 1, which includes a lot of Dan and Ellen talking through and clarifying various ideas.

3:00 – What does “Liberal Mainline Protestant Church” mean?

10:45 – Meet the voters and experts

14:30 – What makes Liberal Mainliners different than Evangelicals?

21:58- Our hosts’ thoughts on the differences between Mainline Protestants and Evangelicals

29:00- “Evangelical vs Liberal”: Experts weigh in on the issue

39:00 – Political involvement among Liberal Mainliners

47:24- “The oppressors and the oppressed”: Liberal ideology and its relation to Christian ethics 

58:00 – Action steps: find a church, read a book, listen to a podcast

Tripp’s book and podcast: https://homebrewedchristianity.com/
http://fortresspress.com/product/homebrewed-christianity-guide-jesus-lord-liar-lunatic-or-awesome

Jim’s book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/evangelical-vs-liberal-9780195300123

Welcome

Homebrewed Culture Cast: http://www.christianpiatt.com/culturecast

“A New Kind of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/New-Kind-Christianity-Questions-Transforming/dp/0061853992

“The Bible Tells Me So”: https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Tells-Me-Defending-Scripture/dp/0062272039

“People’s History of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-Christianity-Other-Story/dp/0061448710

“Heart of Christianity”: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Christianity-Rediscovering-Life-Faith/dp/0060730684

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Who Really Thinks Trump is a Christian?



Dan and Ellen confront the worry that has been nagging at Dan more than any other, since Trump’s nomination and election: did all those Christian voters *actually believe* that Trump was a Christian?

2:55- Are Trump supporters gullible, or simply following the status quo?

5:33- “True crime legend: James Dobson”: Trump’s status as a “Baby Christian” 

11:28- Were voters convinced by evangelical leaders’ support of Trump as a Christian candidate?

16:42- Trump as an honest man?

24:01- “Evangelical Illuminati”: Do Christian leaders believe their own claims?

26:20- Who are these evangelical leaders and what are they up to?

31:37- “Everybody’s gullible”: Ellen’s reactions

33:44- “Pew-sitters”: Does the average Evangelical agree with these Christian celebrities? 

50:46- A thought experiment with Jr and Sr Graham

53:08- Final Verdict: Are Trump voters, in fact, gullible? 

Jon Ward: https://www.yahoo.com/author/jon-ward/
Daryl Hart: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/protestprotest/
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Candice Clem Hijacked Her Interview And It Was Great



Candice was originally interviewed as one of our five Christians of Color, but our conversation went far enough afield, and was interesting and entertaining enough that we decided to give Candice her own episode.  She breaks down her experience growing up in the Korean American Church, her take on Donald Trump, and much more, all in real time. Candice and Dan also discuss depolarization in general, and why it might be an important goal for Christians.

2:06- When did she know she could not vote for Trump?

4:27- Candice’s conversation with African American Christian hip hop artist Derek Minor

7:06- Dr. Charles Hirschman and the contributions of the immigrant community

14:32- “Ways we might go”: Cultural considerations and the good/bad directions that we lean

18:57- Did Trump’s election make her fear for her safety or livelihood?

20:22- How have her interactions been with Trump supporters?

29:38- “The war of *ideological* aggression”: Jason Brooks on our connection with other people 

34:07- What is the one thing she wishes Trump supporters understood…?

38:29- What does she wish white Christians understood about Christians of color?

44:01- What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?

45:16- Does she consider herself pro-life?

49:31- What does Candice love about America?

Dr. Charles Hirschman: https://soc.washington.edu/people/charles-hirschman

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Going Deeper with Christians of Color



On our previous episode, Dan & Ellen took a backseat to the stories of five Christians of color, told in their own words.  This episode is a more standard Depolarize approach: dissecting and responding to these voters’ answers to Dan’s questions, and comparing them to what we heard from White Evangelicals (on either side of Trump) earlier this season.

4:05- Re-meet our voters

6:05- Why is it difficult for white Christians to talk about our “whiteness”?

12:28- Did Trump’s election make them feel unsafe?

15:33- Pro-life ambiguities: the view from their side

25:29- Why Christians of color might be less likely to vote Republican

27:25- What is the gospel of Jesus Christ, in their own words?

32:18- How should the teachings of Jesus inform a voter?

39:37- Why they didn’t vote for Trump

50:03- What have been their interactions with Trump supporters?

53:56- What do they wish white Christians understood about their communities?

1:04:56- “2-4% Neanderthal”: the arbitrariness of racism

1:08:23- What do they love about America?

Justin Giboney’s Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-church-politics-podcast/id1289898626?mt=2
The & Campaign: http://theandcampaign.com/
Jon Ward: https://www.yahoo.com/author/jon-ward/

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