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John Fea

John Fea is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by John Fea

Reforming Liberty University in the post-Falwell era should begin with the Falkirk Center

By John Fea — September 9, 2020
(RNS) — For many of those connected to the school, the problems at Liberty run much deeper than a sex scandal.

Walking back Metaxas’ tweet on Biden to blackface days

By John Fea — May 28, 2020
(RNS) — Biden’s comment was, as many have pointed out, inappropriate and offensive for its presumption to speak for African Americans. Metaxas’ tweet, however, was worse.

A pandemic Billy Sunday could not shut down

By John Fea — April 16, 2020
(RNS) — Pastors holding religious services in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic recall evangelist Billy Sunday’s face-to-face encounter with 1918’s flu in Providence, Rhode Island.

The problem with the ‘reluctant Trump’ vote

By John Fea — February 18, 2020
(RNS) — The reluctant evangelical Trump voter and the enthusiastic evangelical Trump voter are guided by a political playbook forged in the late 1970s and 1980s by the Christian right.

Can any of the Democratic candidates appeal to evangelicals?

By John Fea — January 30, 2020
(RNS) — Democratic candidates have been quoting the Bible, but if they are going to ignore evangelical concerns, the political gains will be few.

Courtiers and kings, evangelicals, prophets and Trump

By John Fea — January 8, 2020
(RNS) — If evangelical leaders don't oppose the president's worst behavior with prophetic witness, they are complicit in his sins.

Trump evangelicals bewail ‘civil war’ while still profiting from last one

By John Fea — October 3, 2019
(RNS) — We don’t need to fear a new civil war. Instead, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address, we still need to bind the wounds of the old one. 

Why a $45 Trump prayer coin is no joke

By John Fea — May 17, 2019
(RNS) — A charismatic preacher named Lance Wallnau appeared on the program of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker to hawk a Donald Trump/King Cyrus gold coin. He claimed that the coin can be used as a 'point of contact' between Christians and God as they pray for the re-election of Trump in 2020. It is no joke — as some charismatic Christians see Trump as a divinely appointed figure.

Pence controversy at Taylor University a sign of changes coming to Christian colleges

By John Fea — April 17, 2019
(RNS) — Vice President Mike Pence was recently invited to give the commencement address at Indiana's Taylor University. Not everyone at the evangelical school is thrilled with the idea. The controversy reflects a broader debate among evangelical schools.

Bruce Springsteen’s run for home

By John Fea — January 9, 2019
(RNS) — With a surprising resort to prayer, the Boss acknowledges that his relentless quest for the American dream can't be separated from tradition, roots, place, a longing for home, and faith.

Why won’t most of Trump’s ‘court evangelicals’ publicly condemn his border policy?

By John Fea — June 21, 2018
(RNS) — While a few conservative evangelical Trump supporters have openly criticized his administration's border policy separating children from their parents, most of the 'court evangelicals' have not. Their silence sheds light on how evangelicals have defined 'family values' for the past 40 years.

Is Jerusalem embassy part of God’s grand plan? Why some evangelicals love Israel

By John Fea — May 15, 2018
(RNS) — Many American evangelicals cheered because they understood the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the 'once and eternal' capital of Israel as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Kentucky’s shrewd move to promote a Christian nationalist agenda

By John Fea — July 7, 2017
(RNS) If Kentucky couldn't bring Christianity and the Bible back into the schools in an overt way, it could at least bring it into the curriculum under the guise of history and social studies. 
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The evangelical courtiers who kneel before the president’s feet

By John Fea — May 12, 2017
(RNS) These Court Evangelicals have sacrificed the prophetic voice of their Christian faith for a place of power and influence in the current administration.

Evangelicals can no longer speak as one voice

By John Fea — February 21, 2017
(RNS) The fact that so many mainstream evangelical leaders opposed Trump's order, while 76 percent of their followers supported it, is further evidence of the way politics — particularly the Trump candidacy ­— divided American evangelicalism.
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