"Why do critics of the Social Gospel think Christianity is a zero-sum game?"

Mar 16, 2018, 03:14 PM

This week we tackle the Atlantic cover story about Trump and evangelicals: "The Last Temptation" by former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson. His lament for the evangelicalism he knew as a child and a student at Wheaton is heartfelt, but struck us as omitting some key details and focusing on some mythical bygone era in which evangelicals embraced racial justice and unity. 

We also observed the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' papacy by talking with religious studies superstar Anthea Butler, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and featured expert on the current CNN docu-series "Pope."

And the explicit rating for this episode is due entirely to Nish's rant about Tony Perkins and his argument for why Christians should be "proud" to support Trump even if he has had affairs with porn stars. Sorry not sorry.

Some parts of this episode, especially near the end, had to be cut due to audio and production difficulties. If you'd like to help us improve the sound quality of Impolite Company, there's a way to do that! Please visit our Patreon Page and consider becoming a monthly patron of the show, for as little as $1 per month.