Evangelical in America

July 10, 2016

Prominent Evangelical leaders are divided on the subject of Donald Trump and some have gone so far as to say the soul of their movement is at stake. This week we talk about the perennial tension between faith and politics,and the evolution of the Religious Right -- the movement that shaped the conservative agenda and dominated the political landscape for two decades.

  1. The Mark of Trump

    Recently hundreds of Evangelical leaders met with Donald Trump.  One prominent Evangelical who did not attend is Michael Gerson, the former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush. Gerson believes it's time to reframe the conservative agenda and he warns his fellow believers to beware “The Mark of Trump.”

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  2. Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in GOD

    Frank Schaeffer grew up in a Swiss Evangelical commune, the son of a fundamentalist theologian. He and his father helped found the Religious Right and were part of its power structure for many years, Then Schaeffer recanted. Today he's a liberal democrat who describes himself as "an atheist who believes in God."  He outlines his disenchantment with Evangelical politics.

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  3. Transgression: Where Queer and Evangelical Meet

    One of the founders of queer theory says his childhood in the Pentecostal church laid the ground for his evolution as a gay man and literary scholar.  Michael Warner grew up around faith healing and speaking in tongues. He says it was an education in thinking beyond "normal". 

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  4. Speaking in Tongues

    For some Evangelicals, faith is manifested through "gifts of the spirit." Jovita Hogan is a member of the Fountain of Life Covenant church in Madison, WI.  She introduces us to her gift, of speaking in tongues.

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  5. Kip Winger Goes Classical

    In the mid-80's the metal band Winger topped the charts with hits like "Seventeen." Then Grunge came along and left bands like Winger in the dust.  Now, Kip Winger is back on top with a new CD that debuted at #1 on the music charts.  Only this time, he's rocking the classical charts. His new album is "Conversations with Nijinsky"-- orchestral compositions performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.   

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