Tuesday Conversations, Episode 5 (Video): Decoding the Battles over Race & Gender among White Evangelicals, with Kristin Kobes Du Mez and Adelle Banks
Kristin Du Mez, author of Jesus and John Wayne, and I decode the battles over race and gender within contemporary white evangelicalism, moderated by RNS reporter Adelle Banks.
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As my friend and colleague Diana Butler Bass has reminded me, today is International Gratitude Day.
A question: Whose writing has sustained and informed you during the pandemic?
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I’ll start by thanking Diana herself. She has an earlier book, Grateful, on the very topic. And if you’re Christian, or grew up Christian, and have been struggling with how to think about Jesus when so much awfulness has been done in his name, her new book—Freeing Jesus—is the book for you. And Diana also writes the weekly newsletter “The Cottage” on substack here.
Over the last few years, particularly in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements, white evangelical Protestants have been embroiled in battles over racial and gender equality. Traditionalists have responded by denouncing “critical race theory” and affirming gender “complementarianism,” terms that often obscure more than they clarify.
This week, I’m happy to invite you to pull up a chair for this conversation I head earlier this summer with Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of the New York Times best-selling book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. This wide-ranging conversation was expertly moderated by Adelle Banks, award-winning national reporter for Religion News Service (RNS).
Together, we decode these battles and illuminate what’s at stake as white evangelicals struggle to find their feet amid declining numbers in the post-Trump era.
Click on the graphic below to watch the conversation.
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