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Fri Apr 20, 2018, 11:36 AM

Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he knows what the religious right needs to hear...

Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he understands what white Protestants long for, says historian Matthew Bowman, author of Christian: The Politics of a Word in America, just out from Harvard University Press....

So I was interested in documenting the multiplicity of voices, and demonstrating that “Christian” is a contested concept. But also I wanted to look at how it was the religious right became so powerful.


An interesting interview, but the title is somewhat misleading because this is about the many ways that Christianity has been and is being defined.

To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2018/04/19/donald-trump-is-not-a-christian-but-he-knows-what-the-religious-right-needs-to-hear-says-historian/

My personal view is that I impose no litmus test, and I accept however anyone defines themselves.

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Reply Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he knows what the religious right needs to hear... (Original post)
guillaumeb Apr 2018 OP
Hokie Apr 2018 #1
guillaumeb Apr 2018 #2
Act_of_Reparation Apr 2018 #9
Voltaire2 Apr 2018 #3
Major Nikon Apr 2018 #5
Voltaire2 Apr 2018 #6
Bob Loblaw Apr 2018 #8
Major Nikon Apr 2018 #10
guillaumeb Apr 2018 #14
Major Nikon Apr 2018 #4
Mariana Apr 2018 #7
Major Nikon Apr 2018 #11
Mariana Apr 2018 #12
Major Nikon Apr 2018 #13
guillaumeb Apr 2018 #15
nmgaucho Apr 2018 #16
nmgaucho Apr 2018 #17
guillaumeb Apr 2018 #18

Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 11:44 AM

1. Was discussing Trump with my friend who lives in Austrailia last night

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He nailed it. Trump is a psychopath. He tells groups exactly the things that they want to hear and will play well with his base. He has no empathy for other human beings. Psychopaths are arrogant and manipulative.

5 Traits of Actual Psychopaths

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Response to Hokie (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 11:46 AM

2. And he is a con man.

A con man knows what his audience wishes to hear, and tells them what they wish to hear.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 02:16 PM

9. Ooooooooh... you mean like the Pope.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 11:50 AM

3. What religion is he?

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 11:59 AM

5. Presbyterian

...allegedly. Nobody can prove there isn't a 666 mark behind his ear due to the hair extensions.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 12:06 PM

6. Last I heard Presbyterians are Christians

Although if you roll things back 400 years, it would depend who you asked.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 12:29 PM

8. In my experience

You could ask some evangelicals now and they might not consider Presbyterians to be Christians

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Response to Bob Loblaw (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 02:43 PM

10. Many protestants dont think Catholics, Lutherans, and Mormons are Christians

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 06:42 PM

14. My last statement was quite clear.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 11:54 AM

4. With an obvious fallacy in the title, there's little expectation it's going to get better

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

Trump isn't just viewed as a Christian, he's a successful Christian who says exactly what lots of other Christians desperately want to hear.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 12:17 PM

7. An awful lot of Christians seem to think Trump is doing it exactly right.

Who can prove that they're wrong?

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Response to Mariana (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 02:45 PM

11. Mueller

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 03:24 PM

12. They'll call it persecution.

That would tend to reinforce their views, if it had any effect at all.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 03:35 PM

13. At some point they will turn on him

When he is no longer in a position to do anything for them.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 06:43 PM

15. Agreed.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 06:50 PM

17. no words...

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Response to nmgaucho (Reply #17)

Fri Apr 20, 2018, 06:51 PM

18. Not a bucket.

One can only imagine.

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