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“While they would contend that to give up their views would lead to a destructive nihilism, it’s their inability to trust their own moral compass that leads them into a violent and ultimately nihilistic politics.”

My latest for @RDispatches

“While more and more abuse scandals break within evangelical spaces, conservative evangelicals consistently refuse to look inward for solutions to their problems, instead looking to “the culture” for factors to blame that reinforce their pre-existing beliefs.”
“These beliefs—that difference is a thing to be afraid of; that refusal to believe in the right-wing Christian version of God will result in severe punishment; that allowing frequent violence is preferable to a government solution—are expressions of an authoritarian ethos.”
“Those who share in it can look to doctrines like original sin as a justification for the dark view of human nature at the root of their fetish for individualism, for the ‘good guys with guns’ who live large in their imaginations but seem never to show up at mass shootings.”
“According to this way of thinking, only Christians can be truly moral, and only some of the time. External events supposedly reveal the extent to which we as a society are ‘obeying God,’ or being ‘blessed’ or ‘punished’ in accordance with his will.”
“I call the results of such mapping of ostensible spiritual realities onto historical and current events a ‘politics of Providentialism,’ and the positions derived from this politics are, for its adherents, conveniently unfalsifiable.”

#exvangelical #GunControlNow #EmptyThePews
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