evangelicals

BILLY GRAHAM AND THE GOSPEL OF AMERICAN NATIONALISTIC CHRISTIANITY

Billy Graham’s death on the same day as the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X is an interesting postscript to the life of America’s premier evangelist of Americanism. It would take an outsider to deftly articulate Graham’s mission. In his speech, Message to the Grassroots, Malcolm X said: “I have watched how Billy Graham comes into a …

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The Catholic Church Has Yet To Repent For Its Sex Abuse Scandals

After the film “Spotlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston issued a statement regarding the importance of the film for giving a voice to sexual abuse survivors. One sentence in his statement was particularly telling: By providing in-depth reporting on the history of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the …

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Separating Families And Calling It Christian Is An American Tradition

In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845, Douglass named the true religion of America. America was not a Christian nation, he wrote, because it followed the gospel of “the slaveholding religion.” In describing “the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land,” he concluded that …

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Sad Black Woman

THE FIRE THIS TIME

Three years ago this month, I wrote about America’s racist god. As a result of the threats I received, I had to move from a place I loved. I got used to being called a nigger, and to having my university and department faculty barraged by white racists calling for me to be fired. Three years …

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Black evangelicals

The History of Black Evangelicals and American Evangelicalism

Dr. Anthea Butler of the University of Pennsylvania presents “A ‘New’ History of Evangelicalism—Black Evangelicals and American Evangelicalism” Part of the Obsidian Society Paper Session at the 40th Anniversary Celebration and Dedication of the William E. Panell Center for African American Church Studies. The influence of William E. “Bill” Pannell in global evangelicalism is vast …

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