Expensive Revealer readers,
Welcome to our first concern of 2024! We’re excited to share some new issues coming your manner. Beginning with this concern, we’re welcoming a brand new columnist to The Revealer, Gillian Frank, whose column “Greater than Missionary” will discover problems with sexuality, gender, faith, and reproductive rights. Gillian has beforehand written for The Revealer on transgender youth and pro-choice clergy, and we’re excited for the insights this column will highlight in regards to the interaction of faith, gender, and sexuality at a vital time within the nation’s historical past.
Whereas we’ll proceed to publish articles and podcast episodes that cowl a various vary of matters, this yr we’re paying particular consideration to conservative faith and politics in gentle of the 2024 U.S. election. To that finish, the Revealer podcast is beginning the yr with a three-part sequence on conservative Christianity and American politics. The sequence will discover the ex-evangelical motion and its insights about white evangelicals’ devotion to Trump, the position of up to date Christian music and connections between conservative Christian popular culture and U.S. politics, and the place of LGBTQ Republicans alongside anti-queer spiritual teams throughout the occasion.
Our February concern, and our exploration of conservative faith and politics, opens with the primary installment of our new “Greater than Missionary” column with Gillian Frank’s “The Mourning After,” the place he explores a memorial the Arkansas authorities is erecting on the state capitol for aborted “kids,” and what this new monument, positioned subsequent to a controversial statue of the Ten Commandments, reveals about at this time’s Christian nationalist motion. Subsequent, in “Evangelicals Make Themselves Important to the Subsequent Revolt,” David Congdon and Jason Bruner discover why white evangelicals are primed to withstand authorities authority, from Covid-19 restrictions to accepting election outcomes. After that, in “Elisabeth Elliot, Flawed Queen of Purity Tradition, and Her Disturbing Third Marriage,” Liz Charlotte Grant investigates why Elliot, the favored evangelical promoter of feminine submission, stayed with a controlling husband and the way her teachings harmed numerous evangelical girls. Then, in “An Evangelical Tradition of Baby Self-discipline,” an excerpt from The Exvangelicals: Loving, Dwelling, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church, Sarah McCammon spotlights parenting strategies inside evangelical communities that concentrate on bodily punishing kids and what numerous ex-evangelicals report that self-discipline did to them spiritually and emotionally.
Our February concern is just not solely centered on conservative faith and politics; we’re additionally that includes two articles that discover extra playful sides of faith in fashionable tradition. In “Monk Mode,” Catherine L. Newell questions why so many individuals are drawn to apps that promise to make them extra productive and fewer distracted by instilling them with the qualities of monks, and what this monk advertising reveals about our lives beneath capitalism. And, in “My 12 months of Magical Child Making,” Corey Wozniak investigates the favored “Babydust Methodology,” a sequence of strategies purported to make sure a future baby’s organic intercourse, and compares these methods to spiritual practices each historical and fashionable.
The February concern additionally contains the latest episode of the Revealer podcast: “Ex-Evangelicals and U.S. Politics.” Sarah McCammon joins us to debate why so many individuals are leaving white evangelical Christianity and the way that exodus is influencing the broader tradition. We talk about ex-evangelicals’ insights about why most white evangelicals stay loyal to Trump, why so many evangelicals are primed to simply accept “various info,” and what all of this portends in regards to the 2024 U.S. presidential election. You’ll be able to take heed to this episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
As 2024 commences, The Revealer is dedicated to paying shut consideration to the affect of Christian nationalism and the prevalence of white Christian dominance all through the nation, a scenario that lengthy pre-dates the Trump presidency. And at the same time as we give attention to masking and analyzing conservative spiritual and political actions, we additionally stay dedicated to bringing you articles and podcast episodes a few broad spectrum of matters on faith all over the world. We are going to offer you each strong content material about faith, in its many varieties, and do our half to teach the general public in regards to the respectable menace of Christian fascism in America. We will do each and we’ll do each.
Brett Krutzsch, Ph.D.