In Episode 19 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Christopher Stroop, creator of the viral hashtag #EmptyThePews.
If you feel disappointed with the Christian Right's response (or lack thereof) to Charlottesville, this episode is for you. If you're sick over Evangelical Christianity's love-affair with Donald Trump, don't miss this one. If you have been sickened over the recent Nashville Statement, this is a conversation you do not want to miss!
This Episode Includes:
Growing up Evangelical
Are you in the “None & Done” category of the American Church?
“Evangelicals are dangerous - they’re the single-largest threat we have in this country to democracy and human rights.”
“The 81% of white evangelicals who voted for Trump are without excuse.”
Trump is a fake Christian.
Evangelical complicity in Charlottesville
Approximately 20% of the population has no religious affiliation.
Neighborhood Liturgies - "I’m a Millennial. This is the kind of church I need."
Losing the community of church is hard.
Cycles of religious abuse
“We can’t just gloss over these decades of harm.”
Generational culture wars
Stepping away from a church that doesn’t look like Jesus is a moral choice.
Calling for a rebuke of churches who support this President
The ends do not justify the means.
“I’m allergic to dogma.”
Is American Democracy effectively over?
“Jerry Falwell, Jr. is a huge, corrupt charlatan.”
“The Christian Right broke America.”
This week’s music? “The Bear” by Act of Congress
Christopher Stroop is a scholar, writer, and commentator who holds a Ph.D. in Russian history from Stanford University and is currently a visiting instructor in the Honors College at the University of South Florida. Raised Evangelical and mobilized for the culture wars through church and Christian school, Christopher has become a fierce critic of the Christian Right and a proponent for the robust separation of church and state, as well as an advocate for ex-Evangelicals and spiritual abuse survivors. Christopher is a frequent contributor to Religion Dispatches, and, in addition to publishing academic articles, popular commentary, journalism, and policy research, blogs at Not Your Mission Field. Christopher has helped to raise awareness of Evangelicalism's authoritarian nature among the broader public and to foster ex-Evangelical community, in part through his Ex-Evangelical Conversations series and by creating and promoting the hashtags #YouMightHaveGrownUpEvangelicalIf, #YouDontKnowEvangelicals, and #EmptyThePews.
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