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August 23, 2018

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Rebecca Maccini

I would need to hear from the leaders of the evangelical movements in the United States and also leaders of denominations like the Southern Baptists and hear their arguments for supporting the current president. Would they have cogent arguments for their stances? I am at a loss to understand the theological arguments, if there are any, for support of the current presidential administration. I believe that the wedding of secular political stances with faith has roots that go back more than 100 years. Some social critiques attribute the consequences of the Monkey Trial, when a Tenn. teacher taught evolution, to the rise of secular politics within the evangelical tradition. When I told a member of my congregation that my citizenship was first in heaven, her response was, "Yes, But." I think that there is an integration of faith and state here that is inherent in its history or pre-history. Consider the pilgrims.

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