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Jesus and John Wayne

How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Explore the relationship between white evangelicalism and Donald Trump in Jesus and John Wayne. Historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez reveals how culture and popular media have shaped the beliefs of millions of evangelical Americans, replacing Jesus of the Gospels with a mythical warrior idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. From Ronald Reagan to John Wayne, these muscular heroes have instilled patriarchal, authoritarian, and aggressive values within white evangelicalism that have become deeply rooted within the community. This thought-provoking book challenges the assumption that evangelicals supported Trump purely for pragmatic reasons, instead showing how his values align with their own, and how it will have an enduring impact on the nation long after he's gone.
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So enjoyed catching @kkdumez in person speaking about her book, “Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation”. Highly recommended if you want to understand the influence of patriarchy and militarism on religion in 🇺🇸      source
TIL John Wayne never served in the military. Just assumed he had. Learned it from one of my vacation books, Jesus and John Wayne by @kkdumez. Skimmed for a recent article but reading carefully now. Super interesting — and timely.      source