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  1.  50 Court Evangelical Stories That Tell Us Much About Support for Trump in His First Two Years
  2. Max Boot Lists 18 Reasons Why Trump Could be a Russian Asset
  3. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”
  4. Jerry Falwell’s “Two Kingdoms” View is Not Only Wrong, It’s Dangerous
  5. The Political Brilliance of Trump’s Fast Food Feast
  6. Talk: The State of the Evangelical Mind on Christian College Campuses
  7. Trump’s Placelessness
  8. Progressive Catholic Priest James Martin Explains Why He is Pro-Life
  9. On Trump, Walls, and the Medieval
  10. What Would Lincoln Say?

 

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  1.  Trump Will Give a Speech Tomorrow Night. It Will Probably be Based on Lies and Other Assorted Falsehoods
  2. The Best Christian Bookstore in America
  3. Meet the Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn
  4. Introducing Contingent Magazine
  5. Which Response to a Presidential Address Was Worse?:
  6. Jill Lepore Talks These Truths
  7. 7 Historic Meanings of Evangelicalism
  8. The Mind of Ben Wesley
  9. Maybe Bruce Springsteen Was Born to Run Home
  10. What Hath Anabaptists To Do With Evangelicals?

What Hath Anabaptists To Do With Evangelicals?

PICKWICK_TemplateA few years ago I wrote an essay in a book, edited by Jared Burkholder and David Cramer, titled, The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism.  Since I self-identify as an evangelical, work at a college with Anabaptist roots, and study American evangelical movements, I have had an informal interest in this subject for a long time.

Cramer is a pastor and seminary professor who works at the intersection of these two Christian movements.   I met him for the first time in the Fall when I spoke about Believe Me at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

Cramer writes about that visit in a post at his new Patheos blog “Anabaptist Revisions.”  Here is a taste of “Does ‘Anabaptist Revisions’ Belong on the Evangelical Channel?“:

“Are you sure you belong on the evangelical channel?” the Patheos director of content asked me over the phone. It’s a fair question.

A couple months ago over breakfast a pastor friend from my evangelical denomination expressed his concern with what he called my “Mennonitism.” He seemed to think Anabaptist theology is incompatible with evangelicalism and to equate Anabaptism with liberalism.

The irony is that the denomination in which we both pastor was started by Mennonites who had been kicked out of the Mennonite church for their progressive methods and ideals—like singing four-part harmony, holding tent revivals, and embracing women in leadership.

The suspicion can run both ways. Last fall evangelical historian John Fea spoke at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS, the seminary where I work) and was told in no uncertain terms by one Mennonite theologian in attendance that evangelical theology is itself responsible for the violence and racism prevalent in American society. After the interaction Fea wrote that he “realized that Anabaptism and Evangelicalism are quite different, especially when it comes to the theology of the atonement and the role that doctrine plays in Christian identity.”

Read the rest here.

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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  1.  What Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington Quadrilateral, Takes on a Historian
  2. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Report on Racism and Slavery is Well-Done and It is a Big Step in the Right Direction
  3. Darryl Hart Weighs-In on the Thomas Kidd-Jonathan Merritt Debate
  4. David Barton’s New Book
  5. Why I Defended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Statement on its Racist Past
  6. Should Evangelicals be Defined by Their Spiritual Commitments or Something Else?
  7. Yes, There Was an “Evangelical” Movement in the Eighteenth Century and it Should be Defined Theologically
  8. Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Says Maria Butina is Probably Innocent
  9. Anxious Benchers Weigh-In on the Kidd-Merritt Dust-Up
  10. Historicizing “Sweet Home Alabama”

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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  1. All He Had to Do Was “Simply Look at the Program and Read”
  2. The President of the Master’s University and Seminary Speaks About His Poor Accreditation Report
  3. Writer Ruth Graham on “Being Ruth Graham”
  4. What is Going at The Master’s University and Seminary?
  5. Evangelical Gaslighting
  6. “Age of Hamilton” Course
  7. The George W. Bush–Michelle Obama Mind Hand-Off
  8. Would Coverage of George H.W. Bush’s Death Look Different if He Did Not Dies in the Age of Trump?
  9. “Contact my be dangerous, but so is no contact”
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  1. Thoughts on the Death of John Allen Chau
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  5. Rules of Engagement
  6. Is the Government Banning the Bible in California?
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  10. New Book: Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good

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  1. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”
  2. Lepore: “If anyone who makes an identity-based claim for a political position has to reckon with the unfortunate fact that Stephen Douglas is their forbear, not Abraham Lincoln or Frederick Douglass.”
  3. Trump and the True Meaning of Sacrifice
  4. GOP Jesus
  5. Are Younger Evangelicals Any Different From Older Evangelicals?
  6. The Fea Girls on the Championship Road
  7. Nyack College Closes Its Main Campus
  8. Trump’s Failure to Honor World War I Soldiers in France Was Yet Another Sign of His Narcissism
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Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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  1. Evangelicals and the Honduras Caravan
  2. WHAT????? Darryl Hart Actually Likes Something I Wrote
  3. My Favorite Negative Review of Believe Me (So Far)
  4. If You Get a Chance to Live in a Small Town, Take It
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  6. Trump: Andrew Gillum is a “Stone Cold Thief”
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  1.  I Understand That You Held Your Nose, but You Still Voted for the Guy
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  3. What Trump Said Tonight in Wisconsin
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  6. Jill Lepore on Our Current “Epistemological Crisis”
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  8. Sunday Night Odds and Ends–October 21, 2018
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  1.  In Defense of Empathy
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  4. Women Rising
  5. Quick Thoughts on Andrew Brunson’s Return
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  1. David Brooks: Don’t make up your mind about Kavanaugh without reading this
  2. Ben Sasse: “We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time.”
  3. What Happens When the Economy of an Iowa Town is Powered by Workers That Trump Wants to Deport?
  4. The Author’s Corner with Gregg Frazer
  5. The Believe Me Book Tour Rolls Through Elkhart, Indiana and Holland, Michigan
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  7. Hey Ben Sasse, What About Merrick Garland?
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  1. David Brooks: “Don’t make up your mind about Kavanaugh without reading this”
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  3. Action Alert: I Teach Distorted History
  4. Pastor Greg Laurie Wrongly Tells Fellow Court Evangelicals that the United States Was “founded in a time of spiritual revival”
  5. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
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  8. Franklin Graham: The Blasey Ford Accusations are “Not Relevant” to Kavanaugh’s Confirmation
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  1.  Michael Gerson and John MacArthur on “Social Justice”
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  4. Hey Ben Sasse, What About Merrick Garland?
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  1. Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas’s New Books is Titled Donald Drains the Swamp
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  4. Did the President of the United States Commit a Felony?
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  1. Does “Evangelical” = Trump Supporter?: Three Anecdotes from the Believe Me Book Tour
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  1. The Willow Creek Mess
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  5. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
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  1.  What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
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  4. Al Mohler Pontificates on the Origins of the Culture War
  5. Is White Christian Nationalism Christian?
  6. Landmark Baptists
  7. The Author’s Corner With Molly Warsh
  8. Mark Cuban: Don’t Go to College to Study Business.  Study the Humanities
  9. Gutting Academic Books
  10. More on Ronald Reagan’s Trump-Reagan Comparison

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  1. Explaining White Conservative Evangelical Support for Donald Trump in One Tweet
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  3. Mark Cuban:Don’t Go to College to Study Business.  Study the Humanities
  4. What is Happening (Again) at Taylor University?
  5. Male Authoritarianism and the Southern Baptists
  6. Hey George Will, Why Don’t You Tell Us What You REALLY Think About Donald Trump?
  7. Did Trump Commit Treason in Helsinki?
  8. The Catholic Church Criticizes the Prosperity Gospel
  9. Let’s Not Forget This Part of Yesterday’s Helsinki Press Conference
  10. More Court Evangelicals Defend Trump’s Helsinki Remarks