1. General Christian
In his study “The lived experience of spiritual abuse,” David J. Ward makes a case for six common symptoms of spiritual abuse. 1. Leader Representing God—where leadership represents the highest spiritual authority, creates an atmosphere of forced immaturity among members and a culture of distrust for outsiders or naysayers 2. Spiritual Bullying—where ex-members are criminalized […]
  1. General Christian
Christian Nationalism is a form of self-righteousness. It’s a spirituality that blends Colonialism and Manifest Destiny. It convinces people that the land, resources, and lives of outsiders exist to serve their desires and wealth. Adherents of Christian Nationalism assume they and “their” country can take the lives and possessions of others without any objection or […]
  1. Evangelical
Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world. For example, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Research, 10.3 million premature deaths annually are attributable to outdoor air pollution. The number of estimated excess annual deaths due to lower respiratory infections in children (4 years and younger) because of […]

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In this post I am interviewing James P. Byrd, Professor of American Religious History, and Chair of the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of books including “A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood”: The Bible and the American Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2021). [TK] The Bible and the […]



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