| Du Mez examines the histories of numerous televangelists who bilked millions from their viewers, only to be humiliated out of business by sex scandals. The book's subtitle, How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, suggests an excoriating approach, but Du…, demolishes the myth that Christian nationalists simply held their noses to form a pragmatic alliance with Donald Trump. Trump over Clinton was an easy choice. BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
. Victims are hounded out of the service. She said of Bill Clinton’s impeachment that if he got away with lying, “Americans can look forward to a succession of TV charlatans and professional liars occupying the White House.” She was correct. As she showed so clearly in this masterful work, evangelicalism was founded on fear, sexism, racial prejudice, and a thirst for power. June 21, 2020. With brilliant analysis and detailed scholarship, Kristin Kobes Du Mez shows how conservative evangelical leaders have promoted the authoritarian, patriarchal values that have achieved their finest representative in Trump. . But those facets have taken over evangelicalism. The book ends with an exploration of the election of Donald Trump, attempting to answer the question so many have asked: “How did the Moral Majority elect the least moral candidate in living memory to the presidency?” Having spent chapters explaining the development of evangelical culture, the “mulligans” given to men in powerful positions, and open celebration of toxic masculinity, Du Mez notes that evangelical support of Trump makes perfect sense. The “family values” evangelicals propound are just a cover for patriarchy, submissive women and masculine power, Du Mez says.
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?
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Kristin Kobes Du Mez.
Sooner…, Excerpts: Simple hypocrisy is the simplest answer. I don’t remember if the band performed “Jesus and John Wayne,” the 2008 song that Kristin Kobes Du Mez chose as the title for her “Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.” But Gaither’s exhortation to focus on the gospel rather than politics is in keeping with the more “tender” version of white Christian masculinity that Du Mez identifies as prominent in the 1990s and that she associates with the song, which locates ideal Christian manhood “somewhere between Jesus and John Wayne.” Most of Du Mez’s impressive book, however, is about the historical origins and present ascendance of a more militant Christian masculinity — less Jesus and more John Wayne, in her framing — that has culminated in white evangelicals’ steady and unflinching support for the swaggering, immoral Trump.
. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. . Kristen Kobes Du Mez, a history professor at Calvin College, isn’t buying either of these explanations. The Christian Feminism Today website is published by the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus, a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. They write Christian books by the thousands. The National Book Review, July 1, 2020 "5…, Book Marks Reviews. For them, Jesus was a warrior, more Rambo than Mister Rogers.
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