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Best Bradley Onishi podcasts we could find (updated April 2020)
Best Bradley Onishi podcasts we could find
Updated April 2020
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An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of white Evangelical Christians by two ex-evangelical ministers-turned-religion professors. If you have ever wondered what social and historical forces led white evangelicals to usher Donald Trump into the White House this is the show for you. As former insiders and critical scholars of religion, Dan Miller and Bradley Onishi have a unique perspective on the Religious Right. Guests have included Chrissy Stroop, R. Marie Griffith, Janelle Wo ...
 
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Brad and Dan begin by adding some humor to the mix--they tell stories of how they didn't fit in at Oxford and the hijinks that ensued (00:30). They then discuss the pastors who continue to hold services and how a mix of toxic masculinity, resistance to science, and disdain for the government are factors in this phenomenon They also explain why theo…
 
Brad speaks to Dr. Nathan Alexander about his new book on the entangled histories of Christianity, atheism, and racism in the 19th and 20th centuries. They try to answer some compelling questions: Are non-religious people more or less susceptible than Christians to supporting racism and racist policies? What can history tell us about this subject? …
 
Religion was in full view this week as it relates to COVID-19. Brad and Dan discuss evangelical leaders and politicians resisting shelter in place directives, the Trump Bible study leader blaming LGBT+ people for the pandemic, Hobby Lobby and visions from God, Liberty University going back to school, Pompeo railroading G7 talks by demanding it be c…
 
I hope everyone is staying safe and maintaining social distance during the pandemic. In the meantime, please enjoy this episode with Nate Postlethwait. He runs the popular Instagram page and blog The Other Side of Saved, where he discusses therapy, religious trauma, and much more. This conversation delves into Nate's story of recovery and includes …
 
Asha Dahya was a happy evangelical when she moved to LA from Australia. But the politics of the Religious Right led her out of the faith. Indian by ethnicity, British-born, Australian raised, and living in the USA since 2008, in a few short years she has become a reproductive rights activist, editor in chief of a feminist website, and author of a n…
 
Brad and Dan discuss why in this sort of crisis everyone's a socialist (2:55), the fallout from the Burr/Loeffler revelations (7:35), and then spend the bulk of the episode discussing why Bernie Sanders would be a revolutionary candidate in religious terms--the first None President in our country's history. They trace histories of anti-Jewish and a…
 
Aaron Simmons has been asked to leave numerous churches over the last decade. Not over theology or the Bible. But because he votes the wrong way and wants to have open discussions about abortion, race, justice, and other issues. A fourth-generation Pentecostal, he didn't leave evangelicalism. It left him. But he persists--attending an evangelical c…
 
On today's daily dispatch, Brad discusses why Trump labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" is part of a long lineage of anti-Asian xenophobia and part of the Christian nationalism held by his supporters (4:00). He discusses a new piece on Christian nationalism and anti-immigrant ideology by Samuel Perry. Brad also touches on how Trump tried to buy t…
 
We are all coping as the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold. As we self-distance, we are going to try to provide daily episodes--some short, others not--to help take your mind off of things. On today's episode, Brad discusses how evangelical churches are refusing to close their doors during the pandemic and how the USA appears to the world as an "undevel…
 
Hi everyone. I know we are all primarily concerned with social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantining ourselves as we work collectively to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. If content is a comfort at all, well I hope you find some comfort in this conversation. This episode features an interview with Mark Russell, author of the comic book Se…
 
Brad and Dan discuss the conspiracy theories Evangelicals and the President are pushing about Corona Virus (0:30), Title IX exemptions for universities that discriminate against LGBT+ people (17:50), the surprising surge of Biden and his popularity with African American religious voters (27:05), who is the most "religious" candidate left (44:05), a…
 
Brad speaks with Dennison University political scientist Paul Djupe. They discuss Djupe's findings that those Christians who live in homogenous Christian communities are most likely to believe that Democrats, atheists, and others are trying to take their rights away. They also discuss data that shows a large majority of Evangelicals are willing to …
 
Brad talks to Chrissy Stroop (1:15) about Pence's thoughts and prayers on the Corona virus response team, then Dan and Brad review Super Tuesday voting(23:00) by focusing on how people of color voted, the racist tropes that have emerged, and what to expect in the coming months. Brad gives a one-minute explainer on how not to be racist when talking …
 
Journalist Katherine Stewart returns to talk about her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. She explains how Christian nationalists don't want a seat at the table--but want to smash it. They discuss how Christian nationalists in Ca are forming unexpected coalitions with Latinx churches via political o…
 
On the Weekly Roundup, Brad and Dan discuss the Corona virus conspiracies coming from MAGA land (2:45), AOC's sermon in Congress (9:30), the Supreme Court's hearing of Fulton vs. Philadelphia (17:00), which could give religious people the right to discriminate in a myriad of ways, "Progressive" Evangelicalism's quietism (33:15), and --BONUS: 1-minu…
 
Return guests Chrissy Stroop & Lauren O'Neal join me on the air again, this time to discuss their essay anthology, Empty The Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church. This episode is punchy. We discuss the book, its reception, and how religion is covered in the media. We discuss religion and its many sub-phenomena. We discuss Christmas specials. We disc…
 
Are Evangelicals still in love with Trump? Do white "liberal" Protestants vote progressively? Is it fair to say that the Republican party is basically the party of white folks? Who are the religious nones and what role will they play in 2020 and beyond? Brad talks with Dr. Ryan Burge, Assistant Professor of Political Science, at Eastern Illinois Un…
 
Brad is joined by guest co-host Blake Chastain, who is host of the Exvangelical Podcast and the Post Evangelical Post newsletter. They discuss a surprising LGBTQ-affirming church in Texas (5:30), the way some white Mainline and Catholic voters prioritize their whiteness over anything else (10:20), and the incident at Baylor University's chapel this…
 
Brad talks with Dr. Matthew Avery Sutton, author of the new book "Double-Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War". They discuss how missionaries became undercover agents during WWII, how religious professionals and rhetoric have shaped US diplomacy, and how the legacy of these missionary-spies still inf…
 
My guest this week is Angela Denker, author of Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump. Ms. Denker is also a pastor and journalist. This book covers Angela's travels to churches across the country to meet Trump supporters and see what their places of worship were like, including (but not limited to) Paula White's chu…
 
Dominionists are shaping your life: from your kid's sex-ed program, to local gun laws, and national elections. They see themselves as called to rule the world as proxies for God. Dominionists strategize as to how to infiltrate and control every aspect of human life--government, economics, culture, media, education, and so on. They are not fringe. T…
 
Brad and Dan discuss how we should interpret Mitt Romney's vote to convict Trump as an expression of how the Latter Day Saints view the president, and why they are less likely to be Christian nationalists. They also dig into the National Prayer Breakfast, the Southern Baptist Convention's views on the LGBT community, and Franklin Graham's woes in t…
 
Brad's audio essay on his great grandmother, Hisao, a picture-bride who couldn't speak English, but who became an American, a Californian, and an Angelino through the Lakers; the woman who began four generations of his family's love of basketball. In the wake of Kobe Bryant's death, it's a reflection on the joy and sorrow of migration, love, and 'O…
 
This is a really wonderful show with Kevin Garcia. You are in for a treat. Kevin was an early guest of the pod and returns to talk about their new book, #BadTheologyKills: Undoing Toxic Belief & Reclaiming Your Spiritual Auhority. The book becomes available on Friday, January 31st. You can pre-order it now at thekevingarcia.com/book. Follow Kevin o…
 
Brad speaks with author and pastor Ruth Everhart about her new book, "The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct." They discuss the connections between rape culture and purity culture, how patriarchal theology contributes to toxic church environments, and the March for Life. Link to Ruth Everhart The #MeToo …
 
On the Weekly Roundup Brad and Dan discuss Espinoza vs. Montana, a supreme court case that will determine if states must fund private schools. They discuss how currently millions of dollars in tax money is being sent to anti-LGBT institutions. They also discuss the whitewashed radicalism of MLK JR., and evangelical quietism on abortion.…
 
Brad talks with Deirdre Sugiuchi about her story of leaving a fundamentalist boot camp in the Dominican Republic. Deirdre, a writer whose work has been featured at Electric Literature, Guernica, and who contributed an essay to EMPTY THE PEWS, speaks of the emotional and sexual abuse at Escuela Caribe and the dangers she sees in the current administ…
 
On the weekly roundup, Dan and Brad focus on a Politico story about the Trump campaign reaching out to Catholic voters. They explain how a sizable number of Catholics fall into the Christian Nationalist category, what it means for 2020, and how we should expand our vision of Trump's religious supporters beyond white evangelicals. They also talk abo…
 
Brad talks with Dr. Samuel Perry about Trump's secret weapon: Christian Nationalism. But, Christian Nationalism isn't just theocracy. As they discuss, it's a code word--a dog-whistle--used to signal xenophobia, racism, patriarchy, and so on. The interview focuses on Perry's forthcoming book (co-edited with Andrew Whitehead) called "Taking America B…
 
Brad and Dan discuss how Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo brought their end-times theology to bear on American foreign policy through the assassination of Quassem Soleimani. They explain how evangelical approaches to the end of the world are informing our nation's decision-making at the highest levels. Plus: Don Jr. Crusades gun, the Evangelicals for Tru…
 
Brad speaks with PRRI CEO and author of "The End of White Christian America" Robert P. Jones. They discuss the ongoing developments with Iran, the United Methodist Church's split over LGBT issues, and how evangelicals are a shrinking demographic that somehow continues to hold enormous power in American politics.…
 
Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is one of the faces of the new generation of progressive American Christianity: A leader, writer, and activist; gay person of faith--something the media often assumes doesn't, or can't, exist; creator of "The Resistance Prays"; and the author of the forthcoming "Just Faith," his love letter to progressive Christians all o…
 
On a double episode, Dan and Brad first discuss the re-emergence of the Religious Left in the Trump Era, what it means for the 2020 election, and if it can continue after the Trump years. Then, Brad talks to Dr. Benjamin Rolsky about his new book, "The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left," which focuses on Norman Lear and his media empire in the 60…
 
In the final episode of 2019, I talk to Holly Laurent (The MEGA Podcast, Live from Here, Tragedy + Time) about Chicago pizza, Christian college, the community of the comedy scene, and how studying the Bible makes fundamentalism crumble. This episode was produced by Jake Lewis. Thank you, Jake! Listen to the MEGA Podcast in the podcast app of your c…
 
On this week's episode I chat with Brenda Marie Davies about religiosity, purity culture, deconstruction, and reconstruction. I also sound like a very old man while talking about YouTube. (Insert hows-it-going-fellow-youths-buscemi gif here.) Follow God is Grey on YouTube: God is Grey And Instagram: God Is Grey IG And Twitter: @GodIsGreyxo Follow B…
 
David Bazan returns to Exvangelical along with Brandon Vedder to discuss Strange Negotiations, the new documentary about Bazan's life and career. Brandon Vedder directed the film, which is out now on iTunes. This convo begins in media res as Dave & Brandon were gracious enough to chat with me this weekend between screenings of the documentary. We g…
 
When will evangelicals abandon Trump? Stop asking this question! They aren't going anywhere. Dan and Brad discuss evangelical reactions to the impeachment inquiry. They dissect why so many evangelical leaders--and high-level government officials--are threatening civil war if the president is impeached and/or removed. One thing is clear: the single …
 
This week's guests are Profs. Bradley Onishi & Daniel Miller, two former evangelical pastors and current religion scholars. They co-host the excellent podcast Straight White American Jesus. This conversation (recorded in early October) details their journeys in and away from evangelicalism toward a scholarly study of religion, as well as their appr…
 
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