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Why I'm Still a Christian with Kristin Du Mez

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

The last five or six years have been rough for many thoughtful faithful Christians. The embrace of Trump and Trumpism, the rise of ethnic nationalism and xenophobia, conspiracy theories and abuse scandals have rocked the church. Many have walked away in disgust. Some have spoken out and paid the price and yet, rather than walking away, they have remained committed to Christ and his church. One of those people is Kristen Du Mez, a New York Times best selling author and professor of History at Calvin University. Her book, "Jesus and John Wayne" made headlines by examining how toxic masculinity and misogyny within white evangelicalism has affected American history and culture. The reaction to Du Mez's book within White Evangelicalism was swift and ugly. Skye sat down with Kristin Du Mez to hear her story and find out why, through it all, she's still following Jesus.

0:00 - Theme Song

0:29 - Intro

1:37 - How Kristin became a Christian

7:38 - Kristin's thoughts on Evangelicalism

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23:33 - What's helping Kristin remain a Christian today

37:10 - End Credits


Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Episode Music - “Sorrow’s Got a Hold On Me” by Paul Zach

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Great interview, but if I'm being honest felt more like 'why I'm still a Calvinist' than 'Christian'. I respect that Kristen's faith tradition is important to her, and she can obviously share to the level she feels comfortable with and no more, but this was a very intellectual conversation. I'd have appreciated hearing more about Kristen's personal faith in Jesus Himself and why that is not shaken despite the attacks she's endured. That said, I'm grateful for her book, I've learned a lot from it although I'm still halfway through (it's a dense tome!) and appreciated what she did share here.


Wonderful interview

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