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.

Why Non-Denominational Churches Scare Me

Brad discusses a new article at WaPo on the Trumpism and Christian nationalism of non-denominational churches.

  • He points out that this is not a new phenomenon to anyone who has been paying attention
  • He points out that the identity of non-denominational Christian might replace the Evangelical identity for some people–which helps make sense of recent data on a decline in Evangelical numbers across the country
  • He spends the bulk of the episode explaining how non-denominational churches are ripe for political mobilization because they have removed all guard rails. As independent churches with no larger affiliations, they open an authority vacuum for toxic political personalities and movements to take hold of their community. Thus, it’s no coincidence that Trump spent significant time courting non-denominational Christians and why these churches are at the heart of MAGA Nation.

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