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In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with political commentator and columnist, Pete Wehner, about the mixing of faith and politics as they explore the following questions: 

  • How has Pete Wehner’s faith informed his politics?
  • How can the mix of politics and faith be both beneficial and destructive?
  • Why is evangelical Christianity so susceptible to being co-opted by political agendas?
  • Why do evangelicals continue to support Trump?
  • How has the current political state affected the future of the church?
  • Does the media accurately portray “evangelicals”?
  • Why is it important to remain enchanted with the world?
  • How do evangelicals view Trump?
  • How has Pete Wehner seen a shift in evangelical’s view of Trump over the last couple of years?
  • How much should Christians lean on politics?
  • How can we look at younger generations for hope?
  • Is there a legitimate concern for the loss of religious freedom? 
  • How do we see an apocalyptic mindset in politics today? 
  • What has Pete Wehner learned over the years about debating politics with others?


Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Pete Wehner you can share. 

  • “Faith should inform politics… because I think politics has to do with justice, and human flourishing and human dignity.”  @Peter_Wehner
  • “I think that throughout the history of the country and throughout the history of the world, some of the most important social advancements have happened because faith has informed how people have acted.” @Peter_Wehner
  • “I’ve always been very, very wary of how easy it is for faith to get corrupted by politics and for people to subordinate faith to politics and that politics becomes a prism through which people view faith.” @Peter_Wehner
  • “I don’t know that there’s been any group that is more susceptible to the temptations of power than, particularly, evangelical Christians.” @Peter_Wehner
  • “To understand this current political moment, it’s much more important to understand psychology than it is to understand politics.” @Peter_Wehner
  • “I believe that sometimes viruses create their own antibodies.” @Peter_Wehner
  • “I think what we’re seeing right now is sort of the death throes of an old movement.” @Peter_Wehner

Mentioned in This Episode

Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.