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‘Neo-Protestant’ challenge seen in France’s political upheaval

13 Sep

French leftist and self-described “Catholic atheist” offers an interesting take on the recent rise of Emmanuel Macron in France, according to Tom Heneghan at the Religion News Service:

this political sea change has come as the growing numbers of evangelicals in France — mostly immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa — have been making what Debray calls their “theology light and tacky services” the majority expression of faith among France’s small Protestant minority.

French Protestants make up only two percent of the population. Lutherans and Calvinists, respected by the Catholic majority as hardworking and honest, are in numerical decline while immigration is boosting the evangelical ranks.

“The halo of a neo-Protestantism made in USA grows year by year in our behaviour and in our suburbs,” he writes, referring to the poor outskirts of French cities where many immigrants live. France can hardly avoid “this theo-populist wave sweeping from Latin America to sub-Saharan Africa, from Central Asia to the Far East.”

Read the full story here: ‘Neo-Protestant’ challenge seen in France’s political upheaval | Religion News Service


The White Working Class, Trump & “the least of these”

12 Sep

Jon Witt is a sociologist who teaches at Central College in Pella, Iowa. He is the author of Soc, one the most popular introductory sociology textbooks worldwide, as well as The Big Picture: A Sociology Primer. He is also a member of the board of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought. Read this interview for some helpful perspectives on the white working class: The White Working Class, Trump & “the least of these” – THE TWELVE

The Shifting Landscape of American Religion

6 Sep

Here is a fascinating report on the current realities and trends in the U.S. religious landscape: PRRI

Prosperity Gospel Apocalypse: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Empire

26 Jul

American Religious historian John H. Wigger tells the story of the collapse of the Evangelical Empire of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker and compares aspects of Jim Bakker and President Trump: Prosperity Gospel Apocalypse: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Empire

George McGovern and the Religious Left

19 Jul

Historian David Swartz here interviews historian Mark Lempke on Lempke’s new book on George McGovern and Progressive Christianity: George McGovern and the Religious Left

Narratives, Evangelicals, Abortion, and Ourselves

8 Jul

As historian Allison Vander Broek reminds us at The Twelve, we need to pay attention to origin stories–especially our own. (I happen to be working on a local origin story …) Read her post here: Narratives, Evangelicals, Abortion, and Ourselves – THE TWELVE

Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies

6 Jul

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Historian and self-identified Pietist Christian Chris Gehrz has finally made a visit to the Amana Colonies in Iowa. The trip was long overdue. Read his post on his visit here: Pietist “Communism”: The Amana Colonies – The Pietist Schoolman

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