NEW BOOK ON TRUMP AND EVANGELICALS GETS IT MOSTLY RIGHT

17 Apr

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election (and since) many tried to answer the question, “Why would evangelicals support him?” According to the Pew Research Center 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, an astonishing margin given Trump’s lack of church involvement and his, um, complicated personal history. But few solid analyses have come from within the movement itself. Instead, most pundits have either treated evangelicalism as an oddity or revealed their own personal alienation from the movement.

Messiah College historian John Fea has earned the right to author a book on this topic. His research focuses on American Christianity, including his nuanced, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? that book put the lie to David Barton’s Christian nationalist mythology, and his critiques of evangelical writer Eric Metaxas, which earned a blocking on Twitter. Fea’s blog, “The Way of Improvement Leads Home,” enjoys wide appreciation. I consider John a friendly and admired acquaintance.

So begins Greg Carey’s friendly-yet-critical review of my friend John Fea’s new book Believe Me. You may read the entire review (at Religion Dispatches) here.

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2 Responses to “NEW BOOK ON TRUMP AND EVANGELICALS GETS IT MOSTLY RIGHT”

  1. Kugler, Michael April 17, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    That review hits what I thought might be the strengths and weaknesses of John’s book. I also wonder if the political moralism I see inherent in contemporary evangelicalism, on right and left, is a blind spot for John. I’ve tried saying that in past conversations, but I don’t make myself clear or its just too strange to consider. Carey starts to get at another worry I have, that evangelicalism has been estranged from modern culture in different ways for quite some time, and, if true, its authoritarian bent (itself a symptom of some versions of modern society) is a response to that.

    Thanks for posting this, Doug.
    mike

  2. Douglas Firth Anderson April 17, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    You are welcome. John has just shared the review, and he terms it “fair”.

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