The horrifying attack on the United States Capitol on January 6 has forced us to reckon with the fact that the greatest threats to our democracy can come from within. In particular, the insurrection’s unmistakable links to religious extremism have demonstrated the urgency of bolstering our core democratic values in all of our communities. This week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll discuss what drives religious authoritarians and how to confront them.

Christian ethicist Dr. David P. Gushee has weighed in on some of the most pressing issues of our day, including the evolving nature of American evangelical Christianity. His titles include, Changing Our Mind, a groundbreaking call for LGBTQ+ inclusion in society and the Church, which is now in its third edition; A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends; and Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism. Just this month, David has published Defending Democracy from its Christian Enemies, putting him once again on the front lines of Christian ethics and American Democracy. David will sit down with Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, host of The State of Belief, to discuss his latest work and more.

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