Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Toxic Theology of ‘Two Kingdoms’

Irreverin | 1/2/2019 | Staff
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It’s the oldest trick in the book—the most evil men in the world surround themselves with other evil men. (And yes, I mean men. Because, while women can be evil, they historically have not had the opportunity to take it to the broadly systemic level that men have achieved).

It takes the voices of many powerful people to fully prop up and protect a corrupt regime. No evil dictatorship in the world was ever reliant on a single man’s voice or presence. It takes a village to institutionalize evil. A ruler has to infiltrate every area of public life in order to defend widespread corruption. So if, for instance, you are Donald Trump, you make sure you’ve got spokespeople spinning your narrative across many fields. You employ representatives who are experts in economics, the military, foreign policy … you even get a spiritual advisor to spin your poison among believers.

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Important note: to this end, you also want your “spiritual advisor” to be someone who represents the most corporate expression of the most widely held faith in the culture. In America, that means you want a conservative Christian who carries a voice of white male authority.

You want Jerry Falwell, Jr.

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Understanding how and why Falwell came to be the voice of faith representing the Trump administration allows us to understand the particular “brand” of each man in light of the other. What these two figures share in common is a self-perpetuating authority. Each lends credibility to the other; and each possesses a particular form of power that exists only to protect itself. It is a power that serves no interest but its own.

What does it say about this said “spiritual advisor” when he is among the last of the loyal to remain? In a mass exodus from what is clearly an unraveling structure,...
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