Favre’s Fraud, Autism and Fundamentalism, Liberal Christian Nationalism
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Last week, newly instated Editor-in-Chief of Christianity Today, Dr. Russell Moore, published a piece that declared Christian nationalism to be “a liberation theology for white people.” The implication of this statement is that his readers should think that Christian nationalism is as misguided and dangerous as he thinks liberation theology is. Friends, I am having some feelings about this one. First, Dr. Moore is a privileged white man who held office for years in the Southern Baptist Convention, which was founded to protect slave owners and perpetuates racism on a massive scale to this day. For him to decry the teaching and legacy of theologians like Gustavo Gutiérrez and Oscar Romero who lived (and in Romero’s case, was assassinated) in solidarity with the poor and marginalized is abhorrent. And while Moore has, in the past, seemingly taken a stand against far-right fear-mongering around Critical Race Theory, his swipes at Black liberation theologians like James Cone speak volumes. I could go on. Instead I will point you to Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley’s enlightening critique that lays out the worldview buttressing Moore’s statement. In response, Dr. Foley calls us to an understanding of the Gospel that is both political and liberative because it is robust and relevant for all people.
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