In “Jesus and John Wayne”, Kristin Kobes du Mez explores how white evangelicals have used their political power to distort the faith they claim to represent. She argues that this once-powerful religious group is now in decline, thanks in part to its own corruption. Du Mez offers a clear and concise history of evangelicalism in America, from its roots in the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century through today’s polarizing Trump era. Along the way, she highlights key moments when evangelicals wielded significant influence on American politics and culture—from abolitionism and women’s suffrage to Prohibition and the civil rights movement. “Jesus and John Wayne” makes a compelling case that white evangelicals are no longer an effective force for good in our society. With insight into both religion and politics, du Mez provides a much-needed analysis of one of America’s most influential but increasingly troubled groups.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone interested in the history and politics of evangelical Christianity in America. Du Mez provides a clear and concise overview of this complex movement, from its roots to its current state. She also offers insightful analysis of evangelicals’ impact on American society and culture.
- Du Mez offers a clear and concise history of evangelicalism in America.
- She highlights key moments when evangelicals wielded significant influence on American politics and culture.
- This book makes a compelling case that white evangelicals are no longer an effective force for good in our society.
- The book is too long
- The author tries to be funny but it doesn’t always work
- It’s dry at times
Learn more about the author
Kristin Kobes du Mez is an associate professor of history at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the author of “Water and Spirit: A History of Baptism” (2012) and editor of “Christianity in America” (2016).
“A cogent and well-researched history of white evangelicalism in America . . . Du Mez has written an important book that not only sheds light on the complex and evolving relationship between evangelicals and American politics but also offers a timely warning about the dangers of religious zealotry.”
“This is an important book. Du Mez has a clear and concise history of evangelicalism in America that offers readers much-needed insights into the group’s roots, key moments, and current state. Highly recommended.”
“Kristin Kobes du Mez has written an important and timely book on the role of white evangelicalism in American politics and culture. In Jesus and John Wayne, she masterfully tells the story of how a once-powerful religious group has become increasingly corrupt and divisive. This is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding America’s current political landscape.”
“A well-researched and thoughtful examination of the evangelical movement in America. Du Mez offers a clear and concise history of how this powerful religious group has wielded significant influence on American politics and culture, from abolitionism to the Trump era. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding modern American evangelicals.”