Tag: Evangelical Movement

Baptism Is Getting Wild: Horse Troughs, Hot Tubs and Hashtags

As those 20th-century churches have aged, however, their once-modern baptisteries have come to look old-fashioned, too. “It’s like eating organic food,” said Chad Seales, a professor of religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin who has written about the history of indoor baptisteries. The middle and upper classes now embrace the “primitive” as […]

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His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out.

The chief executive of God’s World Publications, World’s nonprofit parent, Kevin Martin, played down Mr. Olasky’s resignation, noting that the editor had previously said he’d be departing next summer anyway. He said he admired Mr. Olasky and his definition of biblical objectivity, and “we are not going to diverge from that, by God’s grace.” “I […]

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Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’

The conventional wisdom about religion in the United States is that the number of people who have no religious affiliation is rising rapidly. In the 1970s, secular Americans (often called the Nones) made up just 5 percent of the population; now, that number has climbed to at least 30 percent. The data suggest that religious […]

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Fired After Endorsing Vaccines, Evangelical Insider Takes a Leadership Role

A year ago, Daniel Darling was following news reports about the development of the coronavirus vaccine with eager anticipation. His family had all had Covid-19 themselves, and his children had lost their beloved piano teacher, an otherwise healthy 50-year-old woman, to the virus. The pandemic was personal. Eventually, vaccination became personal for Mr. Darling, too. […]

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Amid Pandemic Turmoil and Curriculum Fights, a Boom for Christian Schools

MONETA, Va. — On a sunny Thursday morning in September, a few dozen high school students gathered for a weekly chapel service at what used to be the Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill and is now the chapel and cafeteria of Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy. Five years ago, the school in southwest Virginia had […]

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What America’s History of Immigration Means to Me

A nation is a community of people that, at best, is held together by a common story. When I was a kid, I was told a certain triumphalist story about America, which was loaded with words like “superpower” and “greatest.” That triumphalist story sounds tinny in 2021, and it seems to have been rejected by […]

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Pat Robertson Ends His Long Run as Host of ‘The 700 Club’

The evangelical leader Pat Robertson said on Friday that he was stepping down as host of the “The 700 Club” after more than 50 years at the helm of a program that channeled Christian conservatism into millions of American homes and turned him into a household name. “It’s been a great run,” Mr. Robertson said […]

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