Charity Can’t Replace Social Safety Nets

An adequate response to the coronavirus pandemic currently spiking within the U.S. requires a strong and coordinated effort from a federal government that prioritizes the common good. Unfortunately, some of the people running our federal government right now barely believe that it should exist. On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted while self-quarantined: “If you can buy a gift certicate [sic] from a local small business—a restaurant or a toy store or a hair salon—now is a good time to do

The Long-Term Vision of the Christian Nationalist Movement

There appear to be two ways to interpret the surge of Christian nationalism around Trump. One way is to see this primarily as an extension of the Religious Right’s culture war. Another way is to understand the stated culture war, and its hot-button issues like abortion, as merely one piece within a larger and perhaps more sinister project. In "The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism," Katherine Stewart argues for the latter, marshalling a synthesis of history and reporting to make her case.

Who Am I?

Upon seeing these results, the first thing that came to mind is that there’s a high probability that I have significantly more Native American ancestry than Elizabeth Warren. The next thing is what this test does and doesn’t reveal. It shows the obvious: Behind categories such as Latino and Colombian exists a highly mixed heritage stretching back to the period of conquest and slavery, and to the Iberian Peninsula. But at the same time, the test can’t tell me how I see myself. And it certainly can’t control how others see me.

When White Nationalist Christians Redefined Their Neighbors

Lately, I have been asking myself the following question: How can sincere Christians embrace white nationalism? My question stems less from surprise and more from a desire to understand the mechanics. In church circles and in seminary, I heard about Barth, Bonhoeffer, and those who resisted. But I rarely heard about the majority of white Christians who supported a demagogue whose rhetoric had violent consequences.

Can We Afford Economic Justice in the United States?

“How can we afford it?” That’s the perennial question that confronts anyone who dares to propose progressive policy changes. A recent example is CNN’s Jake Tapper grilling congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over whether tax money could fund items on her platform such as Medicare for all, a federal job guarantee, and the cancelation of student loan debt. For those who are religious and politically progressive, this question is particularly challenging. While many are good at articulating the moral imperative of providing health care to all or protecting the environment, they can stumble on the issue of economic feasibility.

Latina Evangélicas: The Power of Abuelita Prayers

My parents converted to Protestantism after participating in Catholic Charismatic Renewal groups and in Cursillos de Cristiandad, a retreat for lay people. I grew up watching my mom as a lay preacher in an immigrant United Methodist congregation, before our family eventually joined Baptist and Pentecostal congregations. The particular denominational distinctions mattered less than the larger tradition we were now a part of. We were Evangélicos.
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