Many churches propped up white supremacist beliefs through pulpit rhetoric and segregationist policies.
Race and religion have intertwined since the earliest days of the US. Critical race theory can explore how white supremacy has operated through religious establishments.
Young evangelical Christians are facing a dilemma whether to follow in the footsteps of their parents or pursue other choices.
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Disaffected young evangelicals and those who left the church describe an out-of-touch institution not in line with their political beliefs, a scholar found
Many prominent Christians believe in inerrancy, or that the Bible is without error.
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The doctrine of inerrancy likely took shape during the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States, in response to the rise of liberalism within Christianity.
Younger evangelicals are openly questioning the religious and political traditions of their parents and grandparents.
Growing numbers of young evangelicals and ‘Exvangelicals’ are pro-LGBTQ, support #BlackLivesMatter – or are fed up altogether with mixing faith and politics.
J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has called on the denomination to focus on its theological mission.
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The SBC is meeting amid divisions, controversy and dwindling numbers. But in pushing rhetoric over its theological mission, the denomination is tapping into a history of white supremacy.
Southern Baptist women demonstrating against the faith’s gender role doctrine in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2019.
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Complementarianism became central to evangelical belief in response to the feminist movement of the 1970s when many Christians came to champion women’s equality.
Southern Baptist purity culture teaches that women are to blame for men’s sexual urges.
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A scholar of gender and religion who grew up Southern Baptist explains how literal teachings on the Bible inform members’ views on women.
Purity culture promotes sexual abstinence before marriage.
Evangelicals who were taught as children that Christians abstain from sex until marriage are coming out and revealing the dark side of the so-called ‘purity movement.’
Members at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in 2017, in Phoenix.
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A controversy has erupted yet again among Southern Baptists over women’s preaching. An expert explains how despite this 300-year-old controversy, Baptist women have shown remarkable leadership.
Following the recent revelations about sex abuse, many Christian communities are facing a crisis of trust.
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In the fourth century, Christian churches in North Africa faced a crisis of trust. A separate church of the Donatists emerged that lasted for centuries.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers hold signs during a rally protesting the convention’s treatment of women in 2018.
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Recent media reports point to years of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist pastors. An expert writes why a long culture of women’s submission is responsible for this crisis.
Members of the senior class of Russell County HIgh School in Kentucky recite the Lord’s Prayer, in defiance of a court ruling, during commencement exercises in 2006.
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As the Kentucky Senate considers a bill for school prayer, a scholar explains the violent history of prayer – and a time when Catholic students were sometimes whipped, beaten and worse for not participating.