Randall Balmer: Wrestling With the Faith We Love
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Many of us miss the churches of our childhood and are trying to figure out what pieces of our faith to keep and which to leave behind. My guest today knows that better than anyone. Randall Balmer is a historian of American religion at Dartmouth College, THE expert of American evangelicalism, and a pastor’s kid (PK!) of a fundamentalist preacher.  

In this conversation, Kate and Randy talk about: 

  • How to reconcile the evangelism of today with its progressive past
  • The cost of a more manufactured worship experience
  • Why they both value those stray moments of faith
  • What (if any) hope is there for evangelicalism 
  • Maintaining faith when you’ve been hurt by the church

Kate ends with a blessing for when faith sometimes breaks your heart.


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