Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate’s staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which delves beyond facile headlines to explain ...

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Title:Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Reviews

  • David Wineberg
    Usually I will stay away from books on religion. Everyone’s passions overtake their judgment, facts are few, fleeting and ignored, and no minds are changed in the reading. But the pop culture intersection of American politics and American evangelicalism proved tempting, and thankfully, most wor...
  • Caleb
    This important book fills a niche in the historical, theological, and political literature, detailing how (largely white) evangelicals have woven together secular visions of (alleged) masculinity with strongly patriarchal theology and politics...with disastrous results that include sexism, assault, ...
  • Gregory Jones
    This is a fantastic book about masculinity and Christianity. As someone who grew up idolizing John Wayne in reruns of his films in the 1980s, this book resonated with me from the title to the last word. For many men who struggle to reconcile America's "rugged individualism" with the gentle servant h...
  • Jason Kanz
    I picked up this provocative title on the recommendation of one of my favorite authors, Chuck DeGroat. Dr. Kobes DuMez, a professor at Calvin, writes as a historian tracing the roots of rugged masculinity through 20th century evangelism and what she sees as its effects, especially on politics. Begin...
  • Janel KB
    This is a powerful book! Even though I have read scores of articles on the subject of white evangelical support for Donald Trump, as a child of the movement I still have a hard time understanding how a group who purports to take the Bible so seriously could back a person whose values are so antithet...
  • Jessaka
    A Salty JesusChurch services had just ended, and now I was standing in the hallway waiting to get into the restroom so I could then go home. A woman was standing in front restroom door with a megaphone in her hand, and she was preaching a different gospel, an evangelical one. I wondered why the Meth...
  • Rachel
    Difficult to pick a rating! This was an eminently enlightening and entertaining book, and very timely. I quibble with some of DuMez’s analyses, though, and did note that this book skewed extremely left-wing, most markedly in its unadulterated defense of Hilary Clinton as a devout Christian and ...
  • Avid
    This was an unsettling read. It stirred me up to read the particulars behind the philosophy of millions of evangelicals. Nothing was particularly new or eye-opening for me, but to read the numerous examples and details tended to rile me up. There is a great deal of information here that evangelicals...

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