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Historian of gender, faith, politics. Author of JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE. Quote unquote scholar. (Du Mez=‘do’ ‘may’)
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Jun 29 8 tweets 2 min read
There's a reason I was so obsessed with Ollie North while writing JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE. It all felt eerily prescient.
“To Ollie, religion, flag and family are all part of the same makeup.” 1/8 This profile was deeply appealing to evangelical leaders, who found North to be “a shining example of American righteousness.” For evs steeped in Christian nationalism—the belief that America is God’s special nation & must be defended as such against enemies foreign &domestic 2/8
Jun 28 7 tweets 2 min read
OK, so we're doing this.
The author of LIVE NOT BY LIES doubles down on his lies.
I describe faculty w/ trad views as compassionate, thoughtful, caring, nuanced.
Dreher: She calls "those who hold the line on fundamental Chr teaching re homosexuality...hard-hearted bigots." He calls me a "liberal Evangelical." To be clear, I don't identify as evangelical and never have. He suggests I mistakenly call him an evangelical. I don't: "not just for Dreher, *but for others*--particularly among the Chr nationalist wing of the ev world." Same tactics, though.
Jun 26 6 tweets 2 min read
Today's newsletter: Loud voices on the Right are deeply invested right now in denying or destroying the existence of communities of faith holding together across political & social differences... It is in their interest to do so, to insist...… ...that the choice is between Christianity (as they define it according to their purposes) & enemies of Christianity (everyone else). As I demonstrate in J&JW, this has been an effective tactic for those attempting to consolidate their own power in religious spaces.
Jun 21 7 tweets 2 min read
If you're wondering about my future &that of the other "DuMezes of the world":
"These liberal faculty are going to go on to greater things, professionally, &be able to dine out on how they were badly treated by the homo-hating fundagelicals at Calvin." 1/… I'm tempted to make light of this, but I want to be perfectly clear. Rod Dreher has no idea what he is talking about. About me, my colleagues, about Calvin, about who is & is not Christian. If there is a "homo-hating fundagelical" at Calvin, I haven't met them. 2/
Jun 21 9 tweets 2 min read
An actual historian, on critiques of J&JW, etc.:
"As...David Blight has written, “We all have some narrative of who we are & where we come from. Many people do not want their favored narratives disrupted by the critical tools of professional historians. But disrupt them we must.” "If we are to teach future generations to be steadfast in the faith, as the psalmist demands, we must be direct and unapologetic in our critique of those who have gone before us while not ignoring or downplaying that which is virtuous.
Jun 20 16 tweets 3 min read
So much here in this story of how Franklin Graham pressured Naghmeh Panihi to stay with her abusive husband in order to maintain the picture of Abedini as "a hero" who "suffered greatly for his faith" (& presumably leverage that narrative for $ & power).
🧵 1/ "Abedini told The Post...he hit Panahi in self-defense...Re other abuse allegations, he said Panahi lied to draw attn to herself &set up her own ministry, which goes against his religious beliefs. “The Bible says, the man is the head of family...I am not the woman in the family.”
Jun 11 6 tweets 2 min read
Agree. A very strange critique of J&JW, for many reasons. Like @Matt_A_Sutton I don't see prophecy opposed to patriarchy & Chr nationalism. At all. In fact, I almost included a section on Peretti but ran out of room so had to settle w/ Left Behind.
But wait, there's more... 1/6 Rather than placing "white, GOP-voting evs w/in larger frameworks of Am religious, political & intellectual history, younger historians blame them for bigotry," DGH complains. As if these larger framworks aren't rife w/ racism, nationalism & misogyny. (See: John Wayne). 2/
May 23 15 tweets 3 min read
I'm not an SBC insider by any stretch, but one of the first things I did when I started to write JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE was consult a lawyer because I knew sexual abuse and cover-ups needed to be part of the story. How did I know? Because I'd been listening to women. 1/14 They were speaking to each other, sometimes they shared on blogs, amplified by allies. On occasion they testified in court or gave an interview to a reporter, usually regional not national. But these stories were available for anyone who cared to listen. Turns out most didn't. 2/
May 16 6 tweets 2 min read
For those who haven't read an actual *academic* review of J&JW, allow me to share one by @llassabe published this weekend at the Society for U.S. Intellectual History:
"Du Mez convicingly insists that the history of Am Chr is best understood as... 1/6… ...a 'cultural and political movement' rather than a theology...Published a year before the Jan 6 insurrection, her analysis turned out to be frighteningly relevant, and it remains so even now that the twice-impeached former president is out of office. 2/6
May 15 5 tweets 1 min read
Not what I was planning to write about this week, but in the end, the only thing I could write about today. Grappling with the Buffalo shooting.… "If your pastor cannot find a voice to condemn racism not just in the abstract, but also in tangible forms such as the pernicious spread of “replacement theory” through Fox News, other conservative media, and members of the Republican party, call them out. 2/5
May 6 4 tweets 2 min read
Gratifying that @colinsmo values my opinion. I do want to note, however, that my "silence" includes a lengthy interview on national tv & another (yet to be released) with npr. Apologies for not prioritizing tweets. It's worth pointing out, though, that unlike some ev leaders, I don't get paid to offer authoritative opinions on each & every issue regardless of expertise. My primary role is to document, contextualize, & explain. I do have opinions but more importantly I situate historically.
Apr 22 6 tweets 3 min read
"Walking a Tightrope"--excellent reporting by @HarmVenhuizen @CalvinChimes on Calvin's "complicated" history on LGBTQ+, providing context for the recent refusal to reappoint faculty member Joe Kuilema.… “Calvin presents itself as safe, but this decision clearly sends a contradictory message. We offer support groups...& faculty & staff are encouraged to invest deeply in students’ lives. But that support...has resulted in denial of reappointment."…
Apr 8 4 tweets 1 min read
“Historically, whenever Christians declare or expect victory, bodies pile up….
We don’t need to settle on hopelessness, but we do need to stop proposing explanations for the world’s pain, stop demanding hope from those who can’t breathe. 1/4 “We need to lay down our theological defenses & let the world wound us.
“Wait without hope,” writes T. S. Eliot in Four Quartets, “for hope would be hope for the wrong thing.” Christian history is full of hope for the wrong thing: 2/4
Mar 22 5 tweets 2 min read
Grateful for these words from @drmoore in @CTmagazine on the backlash against J&JW & other critiques of ev:
“We should not critique evangelicalism (at least not in public), we are told, because to do so would be to curry favor with “the elites.” 1/4… “But what curries favor: Saying to the world that ev Chr is true & beautiful enough that we shouldn’t betray our own stated ideals? Or saying to populist masses (& donors) that we will speak loudly on the issues you agree w/ us on & remain silent or dismiss…those you don’t? 2/4
Mar 16 5 tweets 1 min read
Decided to revisit Galli’s substack on “evangelical elites,” particularly this paragraph, where he castigated his CT colleagues:

“Another example was accommodation to a more radical feminist worldview. 1/4 Once I wrote a draft of an editorial arguing that traditional traits associated with masculinity (like competition, aggressiveness, etc.) were not intrinsically toxic but needed in every human community (and, yes needed to be moderated!). 2/4
Mar 15 7 tweets 2 min read
A few more thoughts on this. This report is an account of workplace sexual harassment, but CT is also "the flagship magazine of Am evangelicalism." So how might this culture have shaped the stories that were covered, & not covered, over the years?
I'll start... In 2018 I was asked (by a female ed) to write a piece on sexual abuse in evangelicalism for CT. I was happy to do so, submitted this one & assumed all was well. Only to find out it had been "killed at publication gate." Galli was EIC.…
Mar 11 22 tweets 4 min read
Alright guys, we're going to do this one more time.
Let's start at the beginning.
I'm accused of cherry-picking & omitting facts in a review that does exactly that. J&JW is built on the shifting sands of postmodernism? I "readily admit" my work "is a work of deconstruction"? 1/ I've *repeatedly* defined what I mean by "a work of deconstruction"--not in the sense of Derrida (as any scholar of postmodernism can attest) but in terms of allowing Christians to reasess their beliefs wrt what's biblical & what's been framed/distorted by cultural allegiances.2/
Mar 8 6 tweets 2 min read
"What makes it remarkable is the way the original tweet was quote-tweeted & amplified numerous times by non-anonymous ev pastors, theologians & Chr Right activists who happily embrace a vicious alt-right bullying tactic to score pts against Du Mez... 1/6… ...a socially progressive, confessionally Reformed Protestant they see as heterodox for her politics and her willingness to tell the truth about systemic misogyny in conservative, mostly white evangelical subculture." 2/6
Feb 24 6 tweets 2 min read
Since those 6 words on the pbk cover continue to stir conversation& since many good people are entering the fray, I'll share a few details. I chose not to share this yesterday b/c I saw the hatred directed at Chrissy & the smear tactics & my priority was standing in solidarity. The words come from this Boston Globe review. Chrissy was asked to review the book b/c of her credentials & expertise. She'll be the first to point out that we have our differences; she wrote a critical & generous review. Rigorous & fair.…
Feb 16 4 tweets 1 min read
So many thoughts on this, where to begin? First, as a Reformed Christian, I reject the assertion that seeing racism as an individual sin is “traditional,” while seeing it as structural is “Marxist.” Not where I come from. Moreover, acknowledging social & systemic factors can actually alleviate “white guilt,” if that’s what you’re worried about. You aren’t personally resp for geographic segregation, inherited wealth, educational disparities, etc. But let’s try to remedy these things, shall we?
Feb 15 7 tweets 2 min read
I have this thing when I give interviews, I pretty much just say what I'm thinking:
"I do find it frustrating that some “foes”--certain conservative ev men, for example—are either unwilling or unable to interact w/ my book as a work of history." 1/… "I’ve written so many threads explaining how historians do our research, how our work is not “objective” but how we do follow rules of evidence & argument, how we build on the peer-reviewed scholarship of other historians, & how my historical methodology means... 2/