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What is an "Evangelical?" Holy Post Video


What's an "Evangelical?" What's a "Fundamentalist?" What's the difference? Why does it matter? What does all of this have to do with a monkey named Joe Mendi?? The history of American Evangelicalism is a story we've wanted to turn into a video for a long time, and here it is! From George Whitefield and the Great Awakening, to the Modernist-Fundamentalist Controversy, to Harold Ockenga, Billy Graham and the Neo-Evangelical Movement, to Jerry Falwell and the Religious Right, we try to unpack the story of a movement that reshaped American Christianity, and America itself. Buckle up! It's a fun ride!

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That's interesting! basket random

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So good! Thanks, Phil!

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Steve B.
Steve B.
Mar 17, 2022

While I appreciate the various distinctions Phil makes in the film, these are lost on our culture that can barely sustain attention all the way to the end of 280-characters. And none of my non-xian friends give a hoot about who George Whitfield was.


Phil defined evangelicals as those who (and I’m paraphrasing here) believed in the bible but didn’t want to turn their back on the culture or the life of the mind. While this might have been true at some point, the fact is today, evangelical has come to mean, “that group of brazen hypocrites who have completely abandoned what they claimed to care about when Clinton was president, and have instead shamelessly kissed the... ring... of t…


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Betsy Ross
Betsy Ross
Feb 05, 2021

Hello, I stumbled across your excellent podcast on why White Christians and Black Christians vote for different parties. While you are persuasive, I must confess that nevertheless I disagree, because I believe that White Christians also vote Republican because for whatever reason, they choose to believe Republican lies. A current example of a Republican lie, is their choice to believe the lie that Trump won the election. Of course he did not. Over 60 failed Court challenges prove that he had no valid case, but that does not stop an estimated 66% from believing the Trump victory lie. The main lie that White Republicans swallow, is the Abortion lie. White Christians believe that Republicans oppose Abortion, but the opposite …

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Brian La Croix
Brian La Croix
Feb 02, 2021

My adult daughter just told me about your site today, and I'm blown away - it's great! You are speaking right to where I'm hoping to impact others myself. This particular video was awesome. I appreciated your comment on not yet giving up on the term "evangelical;" I have almost come to the point of giving up on it, since among those who don't follow Jesus it means "blind Trump supporter who hates anyone who doesn't agree" - instead of what it really means, which you described beautifully. Thanks for making this video. I'm looking forward to watching the rest. Blessings!

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