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Jesus and John Wayne: how white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation

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"A scholar of American Christianity answers perhaps the most bewildering question of our time: Why are evangelicals "the Donald's" most fervent supporters? Donald Trump is a libertine who lacks even basic knowledge of the Christian faith. Yet in 2016 he won 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, and continues to rely on white evangelicals as his base of support. While we assume the religious right has pragmatic reasons for backing Trump, in truth he represents the fulfillment of evangelicals' most deeply held values. As historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez demonstrates, American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism-or, in the words of one modern chaplain, with "a spiritual badass." Trump is hardly the first flashy celebrity to capture evangelicals' hearts and minds, having followed the path blazed by, among others, John Wayne, Oliver North, and Mel Gibson. A revelatory account of a uniquely influential subculture, Jesus and John Wayne incisively reveals why evangelicals have rallied behind patriarchal power and the least- Christian president in American history"--
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subject_facetChristianity and culture -- United States
Evangelicalism -- United States
Trump, Donald, -- 1946-
United States -- Church history -- 21st century
title_displayJesus and John Wayne : how white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation
title_fullJesus and John Wayne : how white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation / Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Jesus and John Wayne : how white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation [electronic resource] / Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Jesus and John Wayne How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
title_shortJesus and John Wayne
title_subhow white evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Christianity and culture
Church history
Evangelicalism
History
Nonfiction
Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Sociology
Trump, Donald