Kresta in the Afternoon – July 31, 2018 – Hour 2

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+  Responding to Christianophobia (2 segments)

  • Description: We need to be careful when discussing anti-Christian biases in countries like the US. It's disingenuous to compare it to the anti-Christian persecution of the Middle East or North Korea, and to do so ultimately results in Christians "crying wolf." But we also can't pretend it doesn't happen. Anti-Christian attitudes are pervasive, especially among the highly-educated classes that wield so much influence. We'll talk about how to respond with George Yancey.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. George Yancey
      Dr George Yancey is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas. He's the author most recently of Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias. Visit him at
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    • Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias

      "The only good Christian is a dead Christian." In our heated cultural environment, comments like this are increasingly common. Sometimes Christians are too quick to claim that they are being persecuted. But Christians aren't just being paranoid or alarmist. Anti-Christian hostility is real. Sociologist George Yancey explores the phenomenon of Christianophobia, an intense animosity against Christians and the Christian faith. Among some circles, opposition to Christianity manifests much like other historic prejudices like anti-Semitism or racial discrimination. While Christianophobia in the United States does not typically rise to the violent levels of religious persecution in other parts of the world, Christians are often still treated in ways that perpetuate negative stereotypes and contribute to culture war acrimony. Yancey unpacks the underlying perspectives and root causes of Christianophobia, and he considers to what extent Christians have themselves contributed to anti-Christian hostility. At times, criticisms of Christians are justified, but Christians can confront untruths without capitulation. In this truthful yet hope-filled treatise, Yancey shows how Christians can respond more constructively, defusing tensions and working toward the common good. (learn more)

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