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Ross Douthat on American Religion and Where Martin Luther was Right and Wrong

On this episode, New York Times Opinion columnist Ross Douthat tells Russell Moore where he’s wrong on Catholicism and American culture. Kind of.

Douthat and Moore consider what it looks like for Christians to engage civically without surrendering to the relentless urgency of the political cycle. They discuss the Roman Catholic Church and what’s happening at the intersection of religion, American culture, and world culture. They have a rich discussion of Douthat’s religious upbringing, corruption in religious hierarchies, and when Martin Luther did (and didn’t) have a point. They talk about Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, the insufficiency of punditry, and whether or not America is a post-Christian nation.

Their discussion plays by the “Tell Me Where I’m Wrong” rules: Moore is only allowed to ask questions that seek to understand the guest’s point of view, and if he starts to argue, the guest is supposed to stop him.

Episodes in the “Tell Me Where I’m Wrong” series include:

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Executive Producers: Erik Petrik, Russell Moore, and Mike Cosper 

Host: Russell Moore 

Producer: Ashley Hales 

Associate Producers: Abby Perry and Azurae Phelps 

CT Administration: Christine Kolb 

Social Media: Kate Lucky 

Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens 

Production Assistance: coreMEDIA

Audio Engineer: Kevin Duthu 

Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort 

Video Producer: John Roland 

Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).