Two Recommended Reads in The Washington Post: Messiah’s John Fea on how Donald Trump is Corrupting Modern Evangelicalism; and an Inside Perspective on Pat Robertson’s Ministry

Two recent articles in The Washington Post are being promoted at The Wondering Eagle. One deals with a first hand perspective inside Pat Robertson’s empire. The second article is by John Fea who is an academic historian who teaches at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. John writes about how Donald Trump is corrupting the evangelical Christian faith and how “Court Evangelicals” respond to Trump.  I hope these articles cause Christians to do some self reflection. 

“Other evangelicals are experiencing a crisis of faith as they look around in their white congregations on Sunday morning and realize that so many fellow Christians were willing to turn a blind eye to all that Trump represents.”

John Fea in the Washington Post 

I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

Psalm 119:30 NIV

Within the past week there have been a couple of articles that I read which I want to promote because I think they are quite insightful on an aspect of evangelical culture. They are both in The Washington Post. The first one is by Elizabeth Bruenig and is about an insider who once worked in Pat Robertson’s empire.  In the article the person explains how their faith was warped in the course of time. It also touches on how prosperity theology adversely affected people who bought into that stream of belief. The article is called “When the evangelical life is trouble for the soul.” 

The second article is deeply troubling and I hope it will give many people pause. It was written by John Fea who teaches at Messiah College at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. John writes about how Donald Trump is corrupting evangelical Christianity and sending it down a dark path. John coined the term “Court Evangelical” which Warren Throckmorton has been writing about here. John looks at the issue from the lens of an academic historian. “Trump threatens to change the course of American Christianity.”  I hope we can discuss this below as well. That’s it guys, please know that I love you! 

 

5 thoughts on “Two Recommended Reads in The Washington Post: Messiah’s John Fea on how Donald Trump is Corrupting Modern Evangelicalism; and an Inside Perspective on Pat Robertson’s Ministry

    • This troubles me quite a bit Muff. There are many reasons why I believe topics like this should be explored. When 81% of evangelicals rally around someone like Trump that is a major issue that needs to be explored.

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      • Especially since that 81% is right at the threshold where Groupthink locks in HARD and all traitors and thought-criminals are Purged.

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  1. It’s something I’ve been snickering while watching happen, not going to lie. Because this is what the face of American Christianity is now and I see that as being a catalyst to free a lot of people. It may be a smart play, tying themselves to the GOP while they’re super powerful at the state level is a good alliance. Don’t know about the long term utility though at the national level, not with dropping attendance and reduced retention of younger converts (Nones & Dones).

    Might be a good time for the main lines to do the mega church growth thing and expand off dissatisfied members of other churches, just focus center/left instead of center/right, or even mute politics somewhat altogether in favor of some moral or communal goal, for historical examples, say prohibition or womens suffrage. Can pick up disillusioned former religious righties before they become nones or dones.

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