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Fri Jan 12, 2024, 02:51 PM Jan 2024

The Evangelical Crack-Up (w/ Tim Alberta) Beg To Differ

Jan 12, 2024
The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta discusses his book on the rot within white evangelical Protestantism. The panel then considers Christie’s exit, Haley’s chances, and what the GOP base really wants.
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The Evangelical Crack-Up (w/ Tim Alberta) Beg To Differ (Original Post) ihaveaquestion Jan 2024 OP
Trying to serve Two Masters IS mission impossible. czarjak Jan 2024 #1
I listened until I just couldn't take anymore. slightlv Jan 2024 #2
Agree with you on when it got to me. ihaveaquestion Jan 2024 #4
Matthew 6:24 Doc_Technical Jan 2024 #3
Today's white evangelical community is foreign from the one I grew up with walkingman Jan 2024 #5


(11,399 posts)
1. Trying to serve Two Masters IS mission impossible.
Fri Jan 12, 2024, 03:44 PM
Jan 2024

There's a book about it. Pick it up and read it? Okay. Now what, Johnson? Leave it to a Bushie like Mona to have to ask.


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2. I listened until I just couldn't take anymore.
Fri Jan 12, 2024, 07:02 PM
Jan 2024

No matter how the guy wants to cut it, there are large numbers dropping membership in the evangelical churches... especially the Southern Baptist. I also don't agree that those who drop will come back later with idea more in line with the original teachings. Young people today, both religious and secular, are not as cruel as they see their parents and churches being. I don't think they'll go back... or if they do, they're completely reform the church. The guy also gave off the "persecution" vibe way too much for me. Try being a witch in today's culture, and then get back with me on that.

I also couldn't stand the pumping up of Haley. That's where the rest of it lost me. Christie, Haley... none of them are country over party. There's not a hair's breadth difference among any of the R's, IMO.

And, although it makes my stomach turn, I think we stand the best chance at 4 more years if *rump is the nominee. We've already seen how stupid the R's are... how easily they can be bought and lied to... I think I would be more afraid of those R's or I's who might see Haley as somehow more "middle of the road." Although she's anything BUT middle of the road. But she is a younger, fresh face on the national election scene. I'm worried that could be enough to turn R's heads... especially the men. The only downside she has is... she's a woman. And we know what R's think of women.

All this, just my opinion, of course... YMMV


(2,619 posts)
4. Agree with you on when it got to me.
Fri Jan 12, 2024, 09:49 PM
Jan 2024

I listen to and post these discussions with previous republicans and their friends because I find some of what they say useful, but I do take issue with some of their rationalizations and thoughts around their fellow 'conservatives'. They were blindsided by the support for Trump whereas we see them as the same as they ever were - rabid reactionaries, racists and fascists.


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3. Matthew 6:24
Fri Jan 12, 2024, 07:18 PM
Jan 2024

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


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5. Today's white evangelical community is foreign from the one I grew up with
Thu Jan 18, 2024, 12:59 PM
Jan 2024

and having said that I left the evangelical church (Baptist) when I was 17 years old based on the fact that during the civil rights movement of the 1960s most of the "Christians" I knew were unapologetic racists and in many cases I pretty sure KKk members and hypocrites. I have to say that members of my family supported these beliefs.

But the white evangelical church of today even as it claims to be less racist seems to be more of a political movement rather than a spiritual one. Just listening to these folks is stressful to me and it is hard to get away from living in the Bible Belt.

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