Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump

Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump

A stunning feat of reportage that explains one of the central mysteries of the Trump era: the unholy marriage of Trump and the Evangelicals, as officiated by the alt-right.

Why did so many Evangelicals turn out to vote for Donald Trump, a serial philanderer with questionable conservative credentials who seems to defy Christian values with his every utterance? To a reporter like Sarah Posner, who has been covering the religious right for decades, the answer turns out to be far more intuitive than one might think.

In this taut and meticulously reported inquiry, Posner digs deep into the radical history of the religious right to reveal how issues of race and xenophobia have always been at the movement's core, and how religion has been used to cloak anxieties about perceived threats to a white, Christian America. Fueled by an anti-democratic impulse, and united by this narrative of reverse victimization, the religious right and the alt-right support a common agenda--and are actively using the erosion of democratic norms to roll back civil rights advances, stock the judiciary with hard-right judges, defang and deregulate federal agencies, and undermine the credibility of the free press. Increasingly, this formidable bloc is also forging ties with European far right groups, giving momentum to a truly global movement forecasted to last long after the Trump era.

Revelatory and engrossing, Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump offers a deeper understanding of the ideological underpinnings and forces influencing the course of Republican politics. This is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

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  • David Wineberg

    For the Christian right, Trump is no ordinary politician and no ordinary president. He is anointed, chosen by God “and sanctified by the movement, as a divine leader sent to save America.” Trump h...

  • Grace

    I know a lot of very serious Christians who scoff at the mention of Trump's name. But that's not unusual -- he's a thrice-married serial philanderer, liar, and cheater from the seamy world of porn sta...

  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley

    Trump is a monster. Those who enable him are monsters. The alt-right and the Christian supremist are his base, his support, and enablers and they are to blame for the monster that they have created be...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    Pulls together threads you probably noticed if you have been following politics since the beginnings of the religious right and the dominance of the far-right for the past forty or fifty years and pa...

  • Donna Hines

    I had to take a DNF on this one because this book ventured into territory that went off topic too much.I was hoping for more about why Evangelicals went off the cliff to worship DT who considers himse...

  • Artur Olczyk

    Feels like I've just read a book on contemporary Poland....

  • Lynn Derks

    I did not read the Kindle Edition. I read advance uncorrected proofs. Posner reports on events as late as November 2019; I finished reading the proofs March 17, 2020. I am a white evangelical. I do no...

  • Ietrio

    The book is pretty much as the title: Posner is offended by Trump, so he is ready to offend others in hopes of forcing them to vote with someone else. ...

  • Richard Luck

    Fascinating and utterly, utterly depressing. Jesus Christ, who will save America from white evangelicals and their new object of affection? ...

  • Tweedledum

    Shocking historical review of how the white Christian Evangelical right have used their considerable influence to support and maintain Trump in power for their own far from Christ-like agenda Portrayi...