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Episode 499: The End of Racial Reconciliation & Rescuing Evangelicalism with David Brooks

Some Southern Baptists say if Voddie Baucham becomes the next president of the SBC it will be a step toward racial reconciliation. When Phil disagreed in a tweet last weekend, it triggered a social media tsunami. He responds to the controversy.

Then, the Holy Post crew discusses Jemar Tisby’s recent article about how the murder of Trayvon Martin ten years ago ended white evangelicalism’s efforts at racial reconciliation. But was the movement flawed from its beginning in the 1990s? Then, Skye has a wide-ranging conversation with author and conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks. They cover recent efforts to rescue evangelicalism from politics, the loss of optimism in the 21st century, our naïveté about democracy, how the world is reacting to the war in Ukraine, and why the church needs to make spiritual formation more challenging not less.

News Segment

0:00 - Intro

01:59 - Pat Robertson

4:48 - Phil’s Twitter tsunami

11:21 - The end of racial reconciliation?

“Trayvon Martin’s Murder and the Death of the Evangelical Racial Reconciliation Movement” -


51:10 - Abide

Interview with David Brooks

52:22 - Interview intro

54:06 - “Dissenters” article

58:39 - Social trust and technology

1:03:16 - “The Dark Century” article

1:05:22 - Lost view of humanity

1:13:09 - Reactions to the war in Ukraine

1:18:43 - Institutions and spiritual formation

1:26:02 - End

“The Dissenters Trying to Save Evangelicalism From Itself” -

“The Dark Century” -

Bonus Patreon segment:

David Brooks books mentioned:

“The Social Animal” -

“Bobos in Paradise” -

“The Road to Character” -

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