Join Danny as he welcomes Jay Eldred back to the show. Jay first brought up the subject of Christian Dominionism in our previous episode about David Barton. That topic seemed to warrant its own show, so here we are.
Defined broadly, Dominionism is the ideology that Christians need to infiltrate and control the 7 "Mountains" of secular social institutions: Family, Religion, Education, Media, Entertainment, Business, and Government.
[Joe Carter, writing at First Things], has suggested that the very concept of a Christian Plot against America (I love Philip Roth) is conspiratorial nonsense. To the degree that there is an organized, concerted effort to enact a specific agenda, I agree with Carter. What his claim misses, however, is the fact that these Dominionist ideas are at their most dangerous not when they are attached to an organization, but when they manifest as un-examined theological beliefs within Christian popular culture. This episode explores that aspect of Dominionism.
Here are some links to subjects covered in the two-part show:
The 7 Cultural Mountains Website
The David Barton School of Political Science
American Pharoah as Dominionist prophet. (Yes, the horse).
Benny Hinn as Sith Lord
Donald Trump Annointed by God
John Fea on the Dominionist style of Ted Cruz
John Fea's blog: The Way of Improvement
A Christianity Today rebuttal to Fea's argument
Chris Gehrz's The Pietist Schoolman
The Anxious Bench
And last but not least, check out Jay's blog!
Running in My Head
Join in for a two-part series that is both depressing and fun. Danny Anderson is joined once again by Jordan Poss for a discussion about conspiracy theories. Jordan’s expertise in history provides an illuminating (not illuminati) framework and taxonomy for a great discussion about conspiracies past and present. From Nero to 9/11 Trutherism, conspiracy theorists have always been with us. What can we ignorant sheeple learn from our enlightened brethren as we seek to understand the paranoid style of the conspiratorial mind?
Danny Anderson is joined by the Christian Humanist Podcast's Michial Farmer and are joined by special guest....Mike Farmer, Michial's dad! Join in for a nostalgic discussion about a true American master, the late, great Merle Haggard.What exactly made this former criminal and hobo a musical genius? Listen for some answers.
Join Danny Anderson, Ed Simon, and new contributor Jordan Poss as they fret over the disturbing rise of Donald Trump. What does the rise of Angry White Populism mean for a post-Trump America? Are there historical precedents for this moment? What might a political realignment look like in America's winner-take-all electoral system? Two English and Cultural Criticism types are joined by a historian to hash it all out. Please enjoy, and don't forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes.
Join us for the first episode of “Sectarian Seconds,” a new series of occasional mini-episodes for Sectarian Review listeners. Listen as Danny interviews and profiles Chris Bernstorf, a spoken-word poet touring in the underground Christian hardcore scene. In addition to a sampling of Bernstorf’s work, Danny and Chris discuss the roots of the underground Christian music scene, the role of the Holy Spirit in an anti-commercial endeavor, and the meaning of community.
Danny Anderson throws down on praise movies, films with an express aim to save souls and galvanize evangelicals against an unclean culture, with Todd Pedlar of The Book of Nature and Nathan Gilmour of The Christian Humanist Podcast. Gilmour, egomaniacal as always, makes reference to his own blog post on God’s Not Dead a few times in here. If you wish to humor him, you can find that essay here.
Danny, Ed, and Drew discuss the antiheroic antics of butt-kicking bad girls and bad boys, weighing the aesthetic and ethical merits of vicious realism in television’s Second Golden Age.
In the latest episode of Sectarian Review, Danny Anderson chats with Mark Trump and Thom Dawkins about “Voice in the Age of Mansplaining.” This month’s Sectarians talk a little politics, a little poetry, a little theology, and a little punk music. Also in this episode is an interview Danny conducted with Kierstin Muroski, Director of Mount Aloysius College’s American Sign Language Interpreting program, in which we learn about how an abstract concept like voice manifests in the deaf community and deaf culture.
In our first, episode Danny Anderson of Mount Aloysius College is joined by Drew Van'tland and Allison Backous Troy to discuss the meaning and value (and purpose!) of working.
Join Danny Anderson, Drew Van’tland, and the Book of Nature’s Todd Pedlar for a discussion about the American (and the Christian) obsession with football. Is it idolatry? A socialist conspiracy? Danny, Drew, and Todd talk about these issues and more in an episode meant to pour some cold water on your Superbowl watch-party.
In this episode Danny Anderson speaks with Jay Eldred about the evangelical historian, David Barton, once named by Time as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. Danny and Jay talk about Christian Nationalism, Seven Mountain Dominionism, and the ethics of historical scholarship. Why does a significant segment of American Christians believe the United States has divine origins? What is at stake in this ideology?
Special thanks to Crazy and the Brains for allowing us to use their song "It's Alright" as our new opening. Check them out at crazyandthebrains.com
In this Godzilla-sized episode, Danny Anderson and Drew Van’tland are joined by Ed Simon to talk about the intersections between horror, religion, and ethics. This month’s Sectarians talk horror films, Nietzsche, H.P. Lovecraft, Flies, Babadooks, and, James Robertson’s The Testament of Gideon Mack. Also, Danny interviews Dr. Jamie McDaniel of Pittsburg State University about horror, liminality, and Disability Studies. Also listen for a couple of aural surprises!