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

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Suzie Althens

12 Hours 3 Minutes


July 2020

Audio Book Summary

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 explains how white evangelicals have brought us to our fractured political moment.

Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. Evangelical popular culture is teeming with muscular heroes-mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of 'Christian America.' Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done.

A much-needed reexamination, Jesus and John Wayne explains why evangelicals have rallied behind the least-Christian president in American history and how they have transformed their faith in the process, with enduring consequences for all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Author makes crazy assumptions along the way to try to prove a misguided notion. Not at all worth the time to listen-even at double speed.

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  • Anonymous

    A “must read” for every evangelical Christian. Only drawback is the narrator of the audiobook sounds robotic and snarky. I sincerely feel bad (I know voices can be personal preference) but, for me, the narrator’s tone and way of reading was so distracting to the content of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Author is ignorant of truth.

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