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Church History , Volume 89 , Issue 3 , September 2020 , pp. 747 – 750DOI:


Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s startling Jesus and John Wayne assesses the religious culture that produced an outpouring of evangeltical support for the distinctly non-evangelical Republican Donald J. Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election….the book offers a stinging critique of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century evangelicalism. . . . It is an almost shocking counterweight to the largely comfortable evangelical history most of us have read, written, and taught of the last half-century.

Du Mez’s portrait of American evangelicalism makes Jesus and John Wayne not only one of the most important books on religion and the 2016 elections but one of the most important books on post-1945 American evangelicalism published in the past four decades.

Jon Butler, Church History

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