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Jesus and John Wayne Book Group

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July 14 @ 11:30 am 1:00 pm

Sundays, June 16–July 21
11:30 am–1 pm
G208, Geneva Hall

Join us this summer in reading and discussing Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s bestselling book, Jesus and John Wayne.

This sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism reveals how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the “moral majority” backed Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020 for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Trump in fact represented the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values: patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community.

A much-needed re-examination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, Jesus and John Wayne shows that, far from adhering to biblical principles, modern white evangelicals have remade their faith, with enduring consequences for all Americans.

Questions? Contact Doug Dunderdale at dougdunderdale@mac.com.