When journalist Tim Alberta attended his father’s funeral, he expected people to speak words of comfort. What he didn’t expect was a confrontation. And yet, just a short walk away from the casket, someone approached a grieving Alberta to critique his writing on Trumpism.
On a new episode of The Russell Moore Show, Moore welcomes Alberta, a writer for The Atlantic and the author of The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism to discuss how American culture has reached the point where people feel compelled to argue politics at all times. Alberta and Moore talk about the ways that politics have invaded the church in recent years. He and Moore talk about what fear has done to the state of evangelicalism, the rise of secularism, and the differences in conversations between white and multiethnic congregations. They consider ways that demographics affect political and religious perspectives, how pastors have engaged QAnon, and the variances in generational perspectives on American politics.
Tune in for a conversation that sheds light on America’s history and ponders what its future could be.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism by Tim Alberta
- Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? by Cal Thomas
- “The Religious Right and the Abortion Myth” by Randall Balmer
- “Russell Moore Wants Us To Be Strange (But Not Crazy)” on the Good Faith podcast
- The “Against Trump” issue of National Review
- High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley
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