Nationalism, masculinity, and the making of white evangelicalism
Why does white evangelicalism often feel so controlling, hypocritical, and resistant to change? Why is there so much abuse in white evangelical churches? And how did the people of “family values” fall in line behind Donald Trump in such large numbers?
These are questions answered in Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University.
Her deeply researched history book pushes beyond facile headlines to discover why white evangelicalism isn’t as pure as many of its adherents believe. Historical analysis spanning decades finally culminates in a stunning conclusion: Donald Trump represents the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values.
I recently sat down with Kristin to discuss her book and the implications this history has for all of us. You can listen to our conversation below or wherever you get your podcasts.
Purchase your copy of Jesus and John Wayne. Cheers.
The white evangelical elite are saying the quiet part out loud
Cultural idolatry and power are more important than Jesus.
Christians need a healthier approach to faith deconstruction
Many Evangelicals treat deconstruction as a crime. Doing so is both wrong and unhelpful.