American Lies

American Lies

True stories of the biggest counterfeits, cons, and cover-ups in U.S. history. Support at https://igg.me/at/americanlies/x/7441824#/... Show More
June 8, 2020 55 min
Jesus may be on the side of the oppressed, but his supposed followers aren't always there with him. In fact, in what has to be one of the biggest con jobs in history, sometimes those that carry his name justify oppression by appealing to the book that carries his story, the Bible. This episode surveys America’s long, sad history of racial injustice, with particular focus on the role that the Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura (The Bible Alone) played in solidifying and perpetuating racist ideas and practice. For example, we look at how ministers such as Cotton Mather and George Whitefield provided scripture based theological justification for slavery that embedded that evil deeply into American culture. Indeed, this biblical support for slavery was ultimately used to argue that God was on the side of the South in the Civil War. We also survey how scripture was used to defend racism even after emancipation, from Jim Crow laws to school segregation battles, and show how the epistemological basis for Protestantism does not provide an adequate solution to this problem, even today.
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