“God, you come back with the head of my enemy”: Hillsong, Bethel and Emotional Manipulation in Worship Music

Their songs are better than everyone else's and they can kind of infiltrate into other churches by having good music. What Hillsong did was kindof marry the music that they wanted to sing in church - the themes - with contemporary music. So early Hillsong music from 2000 sounds like 2000's pop. Today's Hillsong music … Continue reading “God, you come back with the head of my enemy”: Hillsong, Bethel and Emotional Manipulation in Worship Music

QAnon, Christian apocalypticism and the threat to US Democracy

Dr. Helen Paynter and I have written a post on Christian white supremacy, for the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence. Here is a short excerpt. Visit CSBV for our full analysis and discussion. ... in this post we’ll discuss some of the ways members of a movement like white supremacist nationalism can co-opt religious … Continue reading QAnon, Christian apocalypticism and the threat to US Democracy

Archaic Language and Religious Nationalism

It seems an overly obvious move to write about the religous language of the American author, speaker, and conservative radio host Eric Metaxas. I feel kindof gross about it, actually. The man is so over the top in his religious language behaviour that it doesn't seem particularly interesting or worthy of much discussion really. https://twitter.com/ericmetaxas/status/1310092235845894145Continue reading Archaic Language and Religious Nationalism