Since the Civil War, white Christians in this country have swung wildly between advancing a social doctrine of equality and promoting outright racism, nationalism and hatred of the poor. Since the Eisenhower years, however, Christians of all stripes have decidedly split along similar fault lines to our politics. While secularists and the so-called religious left represent the majority of Americans, the fervent white Christian nationalist wing of the country seems to be fully in control of the national agenda. We invited Brad Onishi from the Straight White American Jesus podcast to help us unpack the divide between the religious right and left in the United States.
A note about our episode collaborator: 00:00:08
Chapter One. Framing the Inquiry: Capitalism as Religion: 00:06:16
Brad One: 00:15:34
Chapter Two: Thou Shalt Not Feed the Poor: 00:20:56
Chapter Three: White, Right and Organized as Fuck: 00:30:12
Brad Two: 00:37:17
Chapter Four: Splintering Alliances: 00:39:21
Brad Three: 00:41:25
Chapter Five: Bring it home, Brad and Max. But mostly Brad: 00:46:19
Brad Four: 00:46:44
Brad Five: 00:49:50
Post Show Musings: 00:57:33
Pew Research Center: Republicans account for a small but steady share of U.S. Muslims
Pew Research Center: U.S. Jews’ political views
Pew Research Center: Party affiliation among Hindus
Pew Research Center: Party affiliation among Buddhists
Pew Research Center: Party affiliation among atheists
The New Republic: Whither the Religious Left?
UNFTR Episode Resources
Terrence L. Johnson + Jacques Berlinerblau: Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue
Benjamin M. Friedman: Religion and Capitalism
Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States
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