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614: The Rise of Raunchy Christians & Avoiding Civil War with Tracy McKenzie

Previously puritanical evangelicals are increasingly embracing profanity and lewd content. A recent New York Times article explores possible explanations ranging from politics and the culture wars, to the internet and the decline of churches. Also, fewer people are reading books, and that’s a challenge for Christian traditions rooted in literacy, education, and the Bible. How do we make disciples in a post-literate culture? Then, more people are comparing our divisive culture to America just before the Civil War. Are we heading toward a national divorce—or worse? Historian Tracy McKenzie is back to share lessons and warnings from 19th century America. Plus, new developments as the turducken turns.

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0:37 - Intro

1:56 - Show Starts

3:10 - Theme Song

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4:36 - Stronger Men’s Conference Story Continued

14:46 - Raunchy Christians

23:23 - Children and Public Spaces

33:00 - Literacy and Discipleship

35:38 - Hearing vs. Reading the Bible

42:23 - Can Churches be the Antidote for a Lonely, Digital World?

51:13 - Integrating Technology and Scripture

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57:03 - Interview

59:03 - Can We Compare Today and 1850?

1:03:21 - How Has Media Affected Current Politics?

1:15:16 - The Role of Conspiracy Theories

1:24:42 - Why Were We More Unified in the Past?

1:35:00 - End Credits

Links Mentioned in the News Segment:

John Lindell and Mark Driscoll

Biblical Literacy in a Postliterate Age

The Raunchy Christians Are Here

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Re: "Through the Bible in a year" and related issues

I think I understand the concern about the "read the Bible as a thing to do" and about the individualistic "I can understand whatever I need to myself." BUT--a caveat--

I was a faculty member at a Christian college for many years. Many, if not most, of our students had been in church since they were born. I was aghast at the lack of knowledge of Scripture. And when I would mention something I learned in my Quiet Time, I would find that students "didn't have time for that." Our institution posted testimonials referring to our "Christian atmosphere"--as if discipleship was something you could breathe in as you walked around…


I'm really thinking that the people in the media, etc., who are talking about the possibility of civil war may be talking about it because they think there's real reason to be concerned, not just for ratings or the like. I know I've been worried about it.


I notice that Skye, and many Evangelical thinkers I have read or listened to, will often talk about the negative effects of consumerism on American Christianity and the culture in general, but they seldom will talk about the political economy that underlies the consumerist mentality, global capitalism. Not to bring out the older hammer and sickle, but I am curious what the cast of the Holy Post thinks the role of experimenting with alternative economics (mutual aid, worker cooperatives, lean economics, etc.,) and confronting the more anti-neighbor tendencies of global capitalism might play in renewing the church in the 21st century.


As a Canadian, I find myself wondering how the effects of your civil war may still be felt today. It's a massively traumatic event in your nation's recent history. How much pain and anger from it may have been passed to the current generation I wonder.

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Plus people who do fly them for racist reasons.

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