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Speaking with @chriskratzer for our podcast and he made a great point: so much of evangelicalism is little more than religious addiction cycles. #

How it works: go to church, get revved up for another week to "partner with Jesus" to live a successful Christian life.

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During the week (of course) you fail to live up to the standards the preacher told you God expected of you, so you feel bad about yourself. You're a worm, a miserable failure.

Come Sunday, though, you're back in church, ready to get revved up and do it all over again.

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Religious hype ensues in the worship.

So it's an addictive religious cycle. This is not only how they keep people under control, they have to come back each Sunday (and all the other activities in the week) to get their "fix" and keep going.

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
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De facto evangelical businesses include not just mom and pop places but also franchises. I call the closest McDonalds to where I now live “the Jesus McDonalds” b/c it has all these signs about faith up and plays contemporary Christian music. It’s creepy. I am not making this up.
Last time I went there I enjoyed listening to “Stairway to Heaven” while going through the drive-thru. If there’s one transferable skill you get out of growing up evangelical, it’s expert level passive aggression.

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
Here’s a picture of the sign you see when you head out of the parking lot of the Jesus McDonalds.
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1. I amplify a lot of fundraising requests. I know this may annoy some of my followers, but I want to take a moment to talk about why I do this. I considered snarking the screenshot posted below with a "Men On the Internet" tweet, but I think I should do this in a serious way.
2. I'm an advocate for the #Exvangelical community, which consists of people who have escaped fundamentalist/evangelical Christianity, an authoritarian and damaging form of Protestantism that upholds white supremacist patriarchy:

chrisstroop.com/2018/06/14/esc…

#EmptyThePews
3. We exvies were mostly indoctrinated as children, and many of us are still relatively young and not yet economically established. Or at least the latter. If you haven't lived abusive, authoritarian religion, you don't know how hard it is to leave:

chrisstroop.com/2017/06/07/whe…
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If you watched "Deconstructing My Religion" or read "5 Key Moments from the Year of the 'Exvangelicals'"and would like to help our #Exvangelical community continue to expose evangelicalism, supporting people like @NateSparks130 who contribute so much is a great way to do it!
And in case you missed those things, you can watch the @CBSReligion "Deconstructing My Religion," written and produced by @lizkineke, here:

cbsnews.com/video/deconstr…

You can also find it on YouTube, but for some reason, the YouTube video doesn't work in Canada. #EmptyThePews
And here's my #2018InReview piece for @RDispatches, "5 Key Moments from the Year of the 'Exvangelicals.'"

rewire.news/religion-dispa…

#ThursdayThoughts #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
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I did a poll a few weeks back and this essay was the top vote-getter, so today let's come to grips with the religion of Fundamentalism and look at one of Ralphie's most infamous essays: "Coming To Grips With The Religion of Environmentalism" capmin.org/wp-content/upl…
This essay was first brought to my attention by @ReaderAdrift who provides a concise summary and warning here.
This is one of the many essays where Ralphie ignores his own statements on "I don't write policy, I win hearts for Christ" and directly instructs lawmakers on how they should vote on key issues if they want to be good Christians. Ralphie is but God's chosen messenger.
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It’s the same fear that has radicalized the @GOP and that is driving the disastrous Trump regime, whose base is radical right-wing Christians, white evangelicals first and foremost.

chrisstroop.com/2018/05/30/aut…

#MondayMorning #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
On a related note, when Trump talks about declaring a national emergency, am I the only one who hears Jar Jar Binks in their head saying “emergency powers”? Not that Trump is nearly smart or skilled enough to be Palpatine.
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I sometimes mention how the dispensationalism of my own background was so wound up in conspiracy theory. I think it’s worth taking a moment to elaborate how this shaped my own #RaptureAnxiety or, perhaps more accurately, #EndTimesParanoia.

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Many whose evangelical journeys involved diving into hardcore fundamentalism will find resonances with what I’m talking about, but I want to share my own narrative. #RaptureAnxiety #Exvangelical
When I was around fourteen years old, I found an old book of my dad’s - Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. As you can probably guess, the aim of this book was to convince the reader of the reality of a personal devil. #RaptureAnxiety #Exvangelical
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Okay, there are trigger warnings all over this before I post.

This is fucking disgusting.

It's also a lie designed to deny women sexual autonomy.

everydayfeminism.com/2013/08/4-myth…
It only gets worse, BTW.

This fucking misogynist sentient dumpster fire.

This dude just argued gay marriage is wrong, because dudes don't have hymens.

But yeah..."champion of women."

krisvallotton.com/the-mystery-of…
This is the same asshat who was preaching rape culture as healthy masculinity.

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1. A few thoughts about this thorough and interesting profile of Mike Pence (thanks to @stephenbottomly for pointing me to it). There's good background here on Pence's religious ideology, ambition, and political career.

theatlantic.com/amp/article/54…

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2. I have a couple of quibbles. This one is fairly trivial, but @mckaycoppins, please take note--I'm a Hoosier, and no one in Indiana considers Columbus "a suburb of Indianapolis." By now, some may consider it an exurb, I suppose, but definitely not a suburb.
3. More substantively, as is all too typical for @TheAtlantic, I find this piece annoyingly sympathetic to evangelicals' and other conservative Christians' sense of being "beleaguered." THEY. ARE. NOT. PERSECUTED. They are pathological authoritarians

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
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1. Okay, I'm finally sitting down to do my own #2018InReview thread. A lot has happened in my life this year. I've made concrete progress as a writer, speaker, activist, and #Exvangelical advocate.. I'm in a transitional space but feeling somewhat more hopeful about the future.
2. I think I'll go essentially chronologically. Back in January, I was teaching what would become my last semester at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I had hoped that maybe another temporary but full-time with benefits position there would come along, but it did not.
3. I was left with the choice of eking out a living as an adjunct instructor with no benefits, or moving back in with my parents in Indiana for a while to try and see if I could keep the momentum up with the popular engagement through writing, podcasts, radio, etc. I'd been doing
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Something on my mind recently that I now have reason to post:

How do I understand and trace the contours of evangelicalism as a movement, through analysis/research, garnering insight from myriad exvie stories, and personal experience?

A thread.
Evangelicalism is a movement in tension between two impulses, the first of which is primary:

Impulse 1: Shore up power against the shifting tides of modernity by building a biblicist authority structure and initiating people through crisis conversions.

#Exvangelical
The biblicist authority structure traditionally revolves around the idea that the Bible from beginning to end consists of inerrant propositional truths, which then form the foundational data for all human knowledge. This was fostered by fundamentalism.

#Exvangelical
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My latest for @RDispatches celebrates the emergence of the #Exvangelical community into the public spotlight in 2018. We crossed key thresholds in terms of media representation this year. Expect us to keep changing the conversation in 2019!

rewire.news/religion-dispa…

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And: @JosiahMHesse @theholyapostate @greenworldblogs @AmandaEKwriter @exvangelicalpod

Fantastic work, and kudos to all of you and to the whole community of exvies in 2018! In coming together, we've made a difference. Let's keep it up!

#YearInReview #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
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Thread - Take Action Against #Christofascism

I'm going to collect some actionable next steps below. Please chime in with your suggestions, resources, people to follow, etc. We are collectively stronger than any of us alone. Scroll to bottom on linked threads for latest updates.
First - review the info in this must-read thread by @C_stroop and #grabyourwallet to make sure you’re not accidentally supporting CapMin in their stated goal of recruiting lawmakers from every country, state, and province on Earth.
Second - read and learn more about Christofascism and its pushers:
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When Evangelicals want you to take the high road, what they're really saying is "we want you to be nice and gracious, even if uncalled for." But here's the thing -- sometimes the high road means not being nice. Sometimes, it means being blunt. #EmptyThePews [1]
Sometimes, it means calling out the bullshit and the corruption. We often settle for accepting the "nice" road as the high road because we want to be dignified. Because we want people to see that we are not acting in malice or contempt. To see our hearts. [2]
Unfortunately, in many cases, when you try to take their high road, it doesn't matter. The fact that you dared to challenge one of their chosen, that you dared to walk away from their anointed, means anything you say about leaving makes you a villain. [3]
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1. On a related note, the #Exvangelical community absolutely won the battle for public visibility when it comes to yesterday's #GC2Summit at Wheaton College, a PR stunt through which evangelicals hoped to retain control of the narrative regarding abuse. #ChurchToo #EmptyThePews
2. Just look at all the coverage that has quoted @emilyjoypoetry and/or @juleswoodson11 and included the #Exvangelical criticism of Ed Stetzer's event, where evangelicals strove to be appear to be taking abuse seriously while holding onto abusive patriarchal, anti-queer theology.
3. Here are several examples, and my understanding is that more coverage favorable to the #Exvangelical take on the #GC2Summit is on the way. Stetzer, Moore, Lucado and company have failed to control the story. This is huge.

religionnews.com/2018/12/10/end…

dailyherald.com/news/20181213/…
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A #FF thanks to religion reporters, commentators, editors who have included #Exvangelical voices in discussions of evangelicalism:

@ninaburleigh @sarahposner @PaulHRosenberg @rklein90 @emmillerwrites @kbeccaandrews @JulieZauzmer @evanderkacz @JosiahMHesse @fenix_rising
Also thank you and #FF @lizkineke @NotoriousTIB @SarahBurris. I'm sure there are more I'm missing off the top of my head. I'm grateful the #Exvangelical community is finally getting the hearing we deserve; that we are being treated as stakeholders on the topic of evangelicalism.
I must also thank @jeffjarvis for his consistent Twitter advocacy for our community and his insistence that #Exvangelical perspectives should have a seat at the table when it comes to the public sphere and religion journalism. Thank you so much, Jeff! #FF #EmptyThePews
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1. That white evangelical subculture has been "shielded from criticism" is absolutely true; it's something the #Exvangelical community is working to end. The shielding is partly due to evangelical leaders' savvy about cultivating good PR and cozy relationships with journalists.
2. For an introduction to how evangelicals manage their PR, see this piece I wrote for @RDispatches ahead of the midterms:

rewire.news/religion-dispa…

To dig deeper, follow and look up the work of @brucewilson, @FredClarkson, and @PRAEyesRight.

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
3. But there's another reason evangelicals have been shielded from criticism, and that has to do with what @drvox refers to as "media culture's weird mythology about who is & isn't 'Real American.'"
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So, what should we do about this? This Thursday, December 13, #Exvangelical Twitter needs to show up in large numbers to tweet criticisms of complementarianism, purity culture, and anti-LGBTQ theology with the hashtags #ChurchToo and #GC2Summit.

#EmptyThePews #Resist
I want to be clear this is @emilyjoypoetry's plan; I am going to participate and want to get the word out about it, as well as to help raise awareness of what's wrong with defenders of patriarchal evangelical theology claiming #ChurchToo. Hint: it's the theology.
@babecolate would you be willing to help get the word out about this?
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1. Question for #Exvangelical Twitter. @seelolago's most recent newsletter highlights (with skepticism) an obscure story that some college kid has accused Veggie Tales of racism. I'm not saying it's not at all; "I Can Be Your Friend" can be read as the "colorblind" approach. But.
2. The poster making the accusation that somehow got onto the internet doesn't mention "I Can Be Your Friend" or colorblindness. Instead it states that the accented characters are villains and racially coded. And I'm having trouble thinking of an example where this fully holds up
3. Are there examples that fit? Here's what I recall. The phony French accents of the peas are a largely innocent Monty Python reference. Pa Grape, with his Brooklyn accent, may be coded Jewish, but he's sometimes a villain, and sometimes a good guy. Played the prophet Nathan.
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The Christian Right is the biggest threat to democracy and human rights in the US. White evangelicals are Trump's base. Their stolen disproportionate power is the main reason Americans can't have nice things like effective universal healthcare

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #Resist
If you don't understand the ideology conservative Christians use to object to welfare and universal healthcare, here's a thread to get you started:



#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #EmptyThePews #Resist
If you value the effort I put into producing this kind of content and exposing the Christofascist threat to American democracy and can afford to do so, please consider supporting me via @Patreon with a $5 a month pledge or more. Thank you!

patreon.com/cstroop
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“The young missionary's family released a statement saying that Chau had nothing but love for the Sentinelese and they forgive those responsible for his death.”

You can’t love people you know nothing about and objectify as a mission field, and Chau is responsible for his death.
For my commentary on John Chau’s missionary efforts and death, see:

playboy.com/read/on-the-de…

#Exvangelical #EvangelicalIntoEnglish #EmptyThePews #MondayMood
See also my takedown of “respectable” evangelical defensiveness around the Chau affair. Toxic white Christian supremacist evangelical ideology fostered the bad behavior that got him killed #NotYourMissionField #Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #MondayMotivation

chrisstroop.com/2018/11/29/eva…
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Proud to be featured in @CBSReligion’s documentary “Deconstructing My Religion,” written by @lizkineke. This is the first national TV exposure for the #Exvangelical movement, and that’s a huge achievement. We will not be silenced or erased. #EmptyThePews

cbs.com/shows/cbs-news…
With scholarly perspective from @julieingersoll.
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