Religious extremism is hardly a new phenomenon in America – but now more than ever, buoyed by an emerging Christian nationalist movement, it threatens nearly every corner of American public life. This week’s Alabama Supreme Court decision that frozen embryos constitute human beings – a ruling steeped in religious doctrine – is another painful reminder of that reality. In order to confront the threats to faith and democracy today, it’s our responsibility to understand the deep historical roots of these trends and how they have manifested over decades. This week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, journalist and best-selling author Tim Alberta sits down with host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush to take us on both a personal and deeply reported journey of his experience with the evangelical church.

 “I think one of the thematic throughlines of the book is understanding the ways in which our faith identities have become wrapped up in, almost inextricable from, our political identities and our kind of cultural, social identities and our national identity and understanding how that has happened and how it’s progressed. Some of it has happened very subconsciously, I think. In other ways, there’s been a conscious, concerted, very well-organized, well-funded effort to effectively merge the evangelical church with the Republican Party.”

– Tim Alberta, staff writer for The Atlantic and the best-selling author of the new book, The Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism. It is a fitting follow-up to his other best-seller, American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump. In his new work, Tim weaves together the expert observations of a skilled journalist with the insights of an American who grew up as a practicing Christian and the son of an evangelical pastor.

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