Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

It’s In the Code Ep. 91: “So Much for the Holy Spirit”

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High control Christian communities often claim that the Bible is without error, that its teachings are absolute, and that if we read our Bibles we can learn about God for ourselves. But is that how it really works? What if, instead, claims that the Bible speaks with “inerrant” authority are actually mechanisms of religious control and coercion? What if those claims really boil down to the insistence that the teaching of pastors and other church leaders are absolute or beyond question? Dan dives into these themes in this week’s episode, and shows why claims that the Bible is inerrant are a powerful mechanism to control and coerce members of religious communities.


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