The Denomination Manufacturing the Culture Wars

Calvary Chapel started in Southern California in the 1960s. From the beginning, the aesthetic was laid-back, casual, and welcoming–the type of place barefoot hippies and wet-haired surfers could find a church home. But below the surface a militant conservative theology and politics took shape. Fast forward half a century and Calvary Chapel is now a nation-wide network that is at the forefront of shaping the contemporary culture wars. By offering a ready-made circuit for Christian nationalist speakers like Charlie Kirk and Tony Perkins, it has become the vanguard of Christian nationalism at the denominational level.

Carly Fox, who grew up in Calvary Chapel churches and now runs “Calvary Chapel Watch,” stops by to discuss it all with Brad.

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