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26: "Try Googling 'John Hagee and End Times'"

This week, we talk about Vice President Mike Pence's commencement address at Hillsdale College, in which he declared that religiosity is on the rise in America (it's not). We also discuss the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem AND to invite John "the Apocalypse is coming and it will be in Israel" Hagee to represent the United States by offering a benediction at the opening ceremony for the new embassy. And Amy phones Emma Green, the Jerusalem-based religion writer...


25: "We are swimming in a sea of red flags"

This week, Nish and Amy talk about Trump's belated announcement of a White House faith office, as well as the backlash among Southern Baptist women to comments from Paige Patterson regarding marriage and domestic abuse. We also interview journalist Ruth Graham about her recent [Politico Magazine story](https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/04/22/trump-christian-evangelical-conservatives-television-tbn-cbn-218008), which laid out in fascinating detail the extent to which Christian...


24: "Well, that escalated quickly"

We begin this week by discussing the Case of Paul Ryan and the Disappearing Chaplain. But in the time between recording this episode and releasing it, the chaplain in question rescinded his resignation and Paul Ryan gave in, restoring the chaplain to his position. You come at a Jesuit, ya best not miss, Mr. Speaker. We also talked about the record number of Hindu candidates running for office as Democrats this year. And Amy spoke with Elijah Zehyoue, associate pastor of Calvary Baptist...


23: "Welcome to our world, Tim Keller"

In this episode, we discuss the unfamiliar sight of a world leader admitting a mistake, apologizing, and asking forgiveness--as Pope Francis has after initially backing a Chilean bishop accused of protecting sexually-abusive priests. We also talk about the debate over Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State, which is strongly opposed not only by Democratic senators but also leading Muslim and Jewish groups. Pompeo's supporters claim that any criticism of his anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ...


22: "There's a lot of collateral damage."

Nish and Amy are back together again! This week we talk about the abrupt resignation/retirement of Willow Creek's founding pastor Bill Hybels after one of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment wrote publicly about her story. When it comes to championing women in ministry, Hybels has been one of the good guys in evangelicalism. But good guys are not immune to abusing their power. We also take up an alarming BuzzFeed News analysis of Muslim-bashing by American...


21: Mormons & The Mailbag

This week, Nish is back! But it's Amy's turn to take the week off. It was a big week for the LDS Church - sustaining a new prophet, appointments of new apostles, and some big structural shifts in how they do ministry. To break down the changes, as well as how the Mormon church handles racism and the #MeToo movement, Nish interviews Janan Graham-Russell, a writer, religion scholar, PhD candidate at Harvard, and practicing Mormon to break down the latest. For the second half of the show,...


20: #InTheSpiritOfHolyWeek

This week Amy is joined by guest co-host [Jack Jenkins](https://twitter.com/jackmjenkins), superstar religion journalist and national reporter for Religion News Service. We discuss Jack's reporting on the involvement of religious groups in anti-gun-violence demonstrations, often at the urging of young members in their congregations. Many of them are fed up with the oft-heard dodge that politics shouldn't be brought into religion. Especially since they've watched generations of conservative...


6: "The President of the United States is promoting a big conspiracy theory."

It's the start of the holiday season, which can only mean one thing: The War on Christmas! This week, we take a deep dive into what is basically a giant conspiracy theory perpetuated by FOX News. We also give updates on Liberty University and the Roy Moore allegations - including the continuing support of some evangelicals. Amy goes on a rant about the Johnson Amendment and we both get unreasonably giddy over the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


5: "I'm sorry, America."

In this episode, we discuss Notre Dame's birth control reversal and the epic disaster of Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the US Senate. We also talk about white conservative evangelical Christians again, because they can't stop being terrible. Nish also talks to pastor, author, and activist Jonathan Martin, about what the hell is going on at Liberty University.


4: "This is a sickness."

This week, after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX in which 26 people were killed, we devote the entire hour to dissecting the link between white conservative evangelicalism and support of gun proliferation and culture. Amy discusses her experience reporting on Bible college students who cite theological reasons for supporting gun rights. And we break down the impact of a fear-driven conservative media, a well-funded gun lobby that influences politicians, the theological...


3: “Go Go Gadget Treason Detector”

We break down the implications of the first indictments in Robert Mueller’s investigation, including the response from some of Trump’s evangelical advisers. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we also dive into the state of the divorce between Protestants and Catholics and how that dynamic is affecting US politics. Other topics include: Halloween culture, an update on Church Clarity, and how Ryan Reynolds is easy on the eyes.


2: "I'm so happy the bar is THAT low."

This week, we discuss: 1. Donald Trump attacking yet another Gold Star family. 2. Disgraced former megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll getting a big blogging platform. 3. Sean Hannity's visit to Robert Jeffress' church, First Baptist Dallas. 4. A new website that's putting the pressure on churches to come clean about their LGBT stances. 5. Everyone's favorite topic, abortion! We also talk about 80's evangelical movie culture and the fact that Amy has never seen The Goonies. Also, please pardon...


1: Charismatics and Bond Villains

In the inaugural episode, we tackle the impact of the Harvey Weinstein allegations within evangelical Christianity, Willow Creek's big decision to hire a female as its new Lead Pastor, as well as the annual Values Voter Summit. We also take a peek at Callista Gingrich's nomination to be ambassador to the Vatican, as well as the BuzzFeed piece on Bethel Church's School for Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. Nish manages not to cuss in the first episode, which is also supernatural.



Why did white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in greater numbers than they have for any other presidential candidate in history? Why do some of us believe healthcare is a human right while others think that if you get sick, it’s your own fault? We're going to answer this stuff with a lot of context, nuance, and high level of attitude. Subscribe!


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