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Powers & Principalities

17 EpisodesProduced by Blake ChastainWebsite

Examining the systems and institutions of Christianity in America. Season 1: White evangelicalism & Christian nationalism. Support this podcast:

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Bonus Episode: The Inauspicious Anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot

January 6th, 2022


In this bonus episode, I share my conversation with Chrissy Stroop on the inauspicious anniversary of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot. (One trigger/content …

Episode 12: What We've Learned in the Past 4 Years with Reza Aslan

November 30th, 2020


In the season 1 finale of Powers & Principalities, I speak with Reza Aslan about what we've learned about the United States in the past four …

Episode 11: Coup Attempts & Police Nationalism with Jeff Sharlet

November 19th, 2020


In this episode, I speak with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family (which was turned into a Netflix documentary series of the same name). We discuss …

Episode 10: Post-Election Debrief with Bradley Onishi

November 13th, 2020


Prof. Bradley Onishi from Straight White American Jesus returns to the show to discuss Election Week. We discuss the historical significance of the election of Vice President Kamala Harris, the decisive victory of Joe …

One Day to the Next Stage

November 2nd, 2020


We're one day out until the November 3rd election. In this brief episode, Blake reviews this season's guests and the threats that remain regardless of the outcome of election day.

If you haven't voted early, please make …

Episode 9: The Religious Left with Jack Jenkins

October 26th, 2020


My guest this week is Jack Jenkins, national reporter for Religion News Service and author of the book American Prophets: The Religious Roots of …

Episode 8: White Evangelical Racism with Dr. Anthea Butler

October 21st, 2020


My guest this week is Dr. Anthea Butler, associate professor of religion and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the …

Episode 7: Answering Audience Questions with Bradley Onishi

October 12th, 2020


On this week's episode, I am joined by Bradley Onishi of the Straight White American Jesus podcast to answer your questions about white …

Episode 6: White Too Long with Robert Jones

October 5th, 2020


My guest this week is Robert Jones, founder and CEO of PRRI (The Public Religion Research Institute), and author of the recent book White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity (Amazon, Bookshop

Episode 5: The Unholy Alliance of Trump & the Religious Right with Sarah Posner

September 28th, 2020


My guest this week is Sarah Posner, author of the book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump (Bookshop, Amazon). In her …


September 23rd, 2020


We're taking a brief break to allow a little more time for production, but we're ready to take your questions.  Brad Onishi (of Straight White American Jesus) & I will be taking your questions and answering them on …

Episode 4: Christian Reconstruction with Julie Ingersoll

September 14th, 2020


My guest this week is Julie Ingersoll, professor of religious studies at the University of North Florida and author of the book Building God's …

Episode 3: Quantifying Christian Nationalism with Sam Perry & Andrew Whitehead

September 7th, 2020


My guests this week are Sam Perry & Andrew Whitehead, authors of the book Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States …

Episode 2: Jesus and John Wayne with Kristin Kobes Du Mez

August 31st, 2020


My guest this week is Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of the new book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a …

Episode 1: The Power Worshippers with Katherine Stewart

August 24th, 2020


This week's episode features a conversation with Katherine Stewart. 

Katherine is the author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism (,  Her book provides a …

Episode 0: Diana Butler Bass

August 17th, 2020


In this very first episode of Powers & Principalities (termed Episode 0, because it acts as a bridge between this show & Exvangelical), I talk with Diana Butler Bass about the early history of fundamentalism in …

Coming Soon: Powers & Principalities

July 24th, 2020


From Blake Chastain, creator of the Exvangelical podcast & the Post-Evangelical Post newsletter, comes a new podcast: Powers & Principalities. 

Where Exvangelical focuses on individual stories, Powers & …

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