RNS – The creeping radicalization of white evangelicals

„The radicalization of the white evangelical community has been creeping in for some time. Its roots are in the inextricable alliance between the Republican Party and the major branches and subcultures of conservative evangelicalism — Southern Baptists, Pentecostals and the televangelists.

In the Trump era, that integration of parishioners and partisans took an uglier, aggressive turn away from truth. According to a recent survey by the Southern Baptist Convention’s LifeWay Research, roughly half of Protestant pastors said they regularly hear people in their congregations promote conspiracy theories. […]

Evangelical leaders have to make it clear in our sermons and in our interactions with members of our community that racism, Christian nationalism, conspiracy theories and political extremism are at odds with the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are heresy.”

The creeping radicalization of white evangelicals

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