White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

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The American political scene today is poisonously divided, and the vast majority of white evangelicals plays a strikingly unified, powerful role in the disunion. These evangelicals raise a starkly consequential question for electoral politics: Why do they claim morality while supporting politicians who act immorally by most Christian measures? In this clear-eyed, hard-hitting chronicle of American religion and politics, Anthea Butler answers that racism is at the core of conservative evangelical activism and power.

Butler reveals how evangelical racism, propelled by the benefits of whiteness, has since the nation’s founding played a provocative role in severely fracturing the electorate. During the buildup to the Civil War, white evangelicals used scripture to defend slavery and nurture the Confederacy. During Reconstruction, they used it to deny the vote to newly emancipated blacks. In the twentieth century, they sided with segregationists in avidly opposing movements for racial equality and civil rights. Most recently, evangelicals supported the Tea Party, a Muslim ban, and border policies allowing family separation. White evangelicals today, cloaked in a vision of Christian patriarchy and nationhood, form a staunch voting bloc in support of white leadership. Evangelicalism’s racial history festers, splits America, and needs a reckoning now.

Anthea Butler is associate professor of religion at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World. A leading historian and public commentator on religion and politics, Butler has appeared on networks including CNN, BBC, and MSNBC and has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other media outlets.

Title:White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America
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    White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America Reviews

  • Bob

    Summary: A short history of the evangelical movement in the United States, showing its ties to racism and white supremacy from the time of slavery down to the present.This was an uncomfortable book fo...

  • Caren

    This is a measured, clear exposition of the connections between evangelicalism and racism, with a side note of the persistent power of white males in fundamentalist denominations. Professor Butler, wh...

  • Adam Shields

    Summary: An exploration of White Evangelicals and Racism, primarily focusing on recent history.Anthea Butler is a professor of religion and history at the University of Pennsylvania. This is a book th...

  • Ethan

    A less than celebratory exploration of white Evangelicalism, primarily covering the past seventy-five years.The author was raised and nurtured in the Evangelical context. Some time is spent arriving a...

  • Kelly Parker

    I’m not one who needs to be convinced that the evangelical church is full of racist hypocrites; I’ve spent countless Sundays sitting right next to them. That being said, this book was a disappoint...

  • Jen Juenke

    I was nodding my head as I was reading this book. I wanted to SCREAM YES! YES! This is what I have been saying for years. My Christian, White friends all voted for Trump because they wanted a return t...

  • Steve Spencer (he, him.his)

    This is excellent. Every fundamentalist and evangelical church and school with which I have been associated was and is deeply and persistently White supremacist and I have been all too comfortably acc...

  • Kyle Smith

    Solid 3.5. Great conclusion. ...

  • Sandra

    One of the things that confuses secular Americans the most is how the evangelical crowd can vote for Donald Trump when he is the antithesis of everything the Christian religion supposedly stands for. ...

  • J Earl

    White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America by Anthea Butler is a clear and concise history of how contemporary Evangelicalism is not a sudden phenomenon but the result of the racism...