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March 1, 2021  

Nones, religion and politics - Ryan Burge

Who are the nones and why are they growing? This group includes atheists, agnostics, and lots of those who may or may not be personally religious but don't affiliate with a particular religious group. As they grow in numbers, they're becoming an increasingly important part of the American political landscape. 


My guest is Ryan Burge, Assistant Professor of political science at Eastern Illinios University. An expert in religion and political behavior, Professor Burge has over 20 articles published in peer reviewed academic journals. We spoke about his new book, The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going.


The Nones: 


Ryan Burge website:



February 11, 2021  

Southern Baptists, Russell Moore, and the ERLC - Matthew Hawkins

What's going on with Southern Baptists these days? The most recent controversy is over a task force report on the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and its president, Russell Moore, an outspoken critic of alliances between evangelicals and former President Donald Trump. 

Matthew Hawkins was Policy Director for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission under Russell Moore and Moore's predecessor, Richard Land. He is now a Ph.D. student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and cohosts a podcast called Crossing Faiths: A Christian & a Muslim Talk Religion & Politics. 


ERLC Study Task Force Report: 


Matthew Hawkins website: 


Crossing Faiths podcast: 



February 4, 2021  

Immigration and Evangelicals - Matthew Soerens

On opposition to DACA, family separation, an almost complete shutdown of the refugee program, and a host of other immigration policies, many evangelical groups and leaders either opposed those policies or worked to alleviate the unjust effects of those policies. With the change in the presidency and Senate control, these evangelicals are hoping for less cruel, more just immigration policies and legislation.


Matthew Soerens is U.S. Director of Church Mobilization at World Relief, a global humanitarian organization that aids refugees, and National Coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical groups that advocates for bipartisan and biblically based solutions to immigration reform.


Welcoming the Stranger: 


Evangelical Immigration Table: 



December 11, 2020  

Critical Race Theory and SBC - Lisa Sharon Harper

Critical Race Theory — how did these three words become so politically divisive? My guest is author, speaker and activist Lisa Sharon Harper, president and founder of Freedom Road. 

Harper tweet thread:

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September 26, 2020  

Christian Nationalism - Andrew Whitehead

What is Christian Nationalism? How does it influence voting? My guest is Andrew L. Whitehead, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of ARDA, the Association of Religion Data Archives, at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University.


Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States:

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September 11, 2020  

Trump, Evangelicals and Misogyny - Vicki Courtney

How should Christians respond to the misogynist in the White House? Why do some Christians defend President Donald Trump's objectification of women? My guest is best-selling author and women's ministry leader Vicki Courtney.


Vicki Courtney's website:

Convention on Founding Principles speech:

The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump:




September 3, 2020  

Pro-slavery theologians and evangelical seminaries -Diana Butler Bass

Does pro-slavery theology still influence evangelicals today? My guest to talk about this issue is preacher, speaker and writer Diana Butler Bass.

The tweet thread that inspired this episode.

Bass' website:

Bass' newsletter:


My Newsletter:



August 29, 2020  

Jerry Falwell Jr’s interim replacement Jerry Prevo, Evangelicals and Oil - KL Marshall

Who is former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr's interim replacement Jerry Prevo? And what does he have to do with evangelicals and oil? My guest is KL Marshall to talk about her new book, Faith and Oil: How the Alaska Pipeline Shaped America's Religious Right





August 18, 2020  

Militant masculinity, #ChurchToo, and Trump - Kristin Du Mez

Professor Kristin Kobes Du Mez talks about her book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation


For more information about Kristin Du Mez, go to her website,



August 18, 2020  

Interviewing tips, future topics - Carmen LaBerge

Carmen LaBerge gives me some tips on interviewing guests and we talk about future topics for the podcast. 


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