Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

?Believe me? may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump?s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting the Christian heritage, the refrain is constant. And to the surprise of many, about 80% percent of white evangelicals have believed Trump-at least enough to help propel him into the White House. Historian John Fea is not surprised-and in Believe Me he ex ?Believe me? may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump?s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or...

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Title:Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump
Author:John Fea
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:0802876412
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump Reviews

  • Karen
    Sep 09, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

  • Mark
    Oct 02, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

  • Mehrsa
    Aug 18, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

  • Steve
    Mar 11, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

    This book bills itself as a book about the way evangelicals received Trump, by an evangelical; speaking their language, interpreting from the inside, as it were. It was definitely interesting to hear from someone not outright rejecting the evangelical premise, though little of it was r...

    My Rating - Must Read Level - Short, easy read Summary The subtitle kind of says it all. How did Evangelicals so overwhelmingly support Trump (more than any other candidate in history)? He received 81% of self identified Evangelicals. There are people who dispute the support, ...

    Count me among those who, since November 2016, have been trying to understand how Trump was elected. This book helped considerably with understanding why 81% of white evangelicals who voted pulled the lever, pressed the screen, or checked the box for Trump. His credentials are pretty d...

    With his background as a professor of U.S. history and as an Evangelical Christian himself, John Fea is well-placed to explain a central paradox: how U.S. Evangelicals could embrace this vulgar, Scripturally-illiterate ("Two Corinthians"? Really?), womanizing, latter-day Emperor Nero, ...

    A staggering 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump! How are we to explain this? Fea, an astute historian from Messiah College, identifies an unholy trinity of fear, power and nostalgia as being at the roots of this bizarre voting pattern. As he explains: ?I approach thi...

  • Peter Kerry Powers
    Jun 07, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

  • marcus miller
    Sep 01, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

  • Pete
    Nov 29, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

  • Robert D. Cornwall
    Aug 11, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

  • LindaJ^
    Nov 06, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

    This book bills itself as a book about the way evangelicals received Trump, by an evangelical; speaking their language, interpreting from the inside, as it were. It was definitely interesting to hear from someone not outright rejecting the evangelical premise, though little of it was r...

    My Rating - Must Read Level - Short, easy read Summary The subtitle kind of says it all. How did Evangelicals so overwhelmingly support Trump (more than any other candidate in history)? He received 81% of self identified Evangelicals. There are people who dispute the support, ...

    Count me among those who, since November 2016, have been trying to understand how Trump was elected. This book helped considerably with understanding why 81% of white evangelicals who voted pulled the lever, pressed the screen, or checked the box for Trump. His credentials are pretty d...

  • Caleb
    May 30, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

  • Jason Kanz
    Jul 07, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

  • Joan
    Jul 19, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

  • Jay
    Jun 19, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

  • D.L. Mayfield
    Jul 15, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

  • Daniel
    Jul 06, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

  • Bob H
    Jul 22, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

    This book bills itself as a book about the way evangelicals received Trump, by an evangelical; speaking their language, interpreting from the inside, as it were. It was definitely interesting to hear from someone not outright rejecting the evangelical premise, though little of it was r...

    My Rating - Must Read Level - Short, easy read Summary The subtitle kind of says it all. How did Evangelicals so overwhelmingly support Trump (more than any other candidate in history)? He received 81% of self identified Evangelicals. There are people who dispute the support, ...

    Count me among those who, since November 2016, have been trying to understand how Trump was elected. This book helped considerably with understanding why 81% of white evangelicals who voted pulled the lever, pressed the screen, or checked the box for Trump. His credentials are pretty d...

    With his background as a professor of U.S. history and as an Evangelical Christian himself, John Fea is well-placed to explain a central paradox: how U.S. Evangelicals could embrace this vulgar, Scripturally-illiterate ("Two Corinthians"? Really?), womanizing, latter-day Emperor Nero, ...

  • Ashley
    Feb 28, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

    This book bills itself as a book about the way evangelicals received Trump, by an evangelical; speaking their language, interpreting from the inside, as it were. It was definitely interesting to hear from someone not outright rejecting the evangelical premise, though little of it was r...

  • Emily
    Nov 13, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

  • Joel Wentz
    Aug 16, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

  • Josh
    Feb 17, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

  • Samuel P.
    Jun 29, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

    This book bills itself as a book about the way evangelicals received Trump, by an evangelical; speaking their language, interpreting from the inside, as it were. It was definitely interesting to hear from someone not outright rejecting the evangelical premise, though little of it was r...

    My Rating - Must Read Level - Short, easy read Summary The subtitle kind of says it all. How did Evangelicals so overwhelmingly support Trump (more than any other candidate in history)? He received 81% of self identified Evangelicals. There are people who dispute the support, ...

    Count me among those who, since November 2016, have been trying to understand how Trump was elected. This book helped considerably with understanding why 81% of white evangelicals who voted pulled the lever, pressed the screen, or checked the box for Trump. His credentials are pretty d...

    With his background as a professor of U.S. history and as an Evangelical Christian himself, John Fea is well-placed to explain a central paradox: how U.S. Evangelicals could embrace this vulgar, Scripturally-illiterate ("Two Corinthians"? Really?), womanizing, latter-day Emperor Nero, ...

    A staggering 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump! How are we to explain this? Fea, an astute historian from Messiah College, identifies an unholy trinity of fear, power and nostalgia as being at the roots of this bizarre voting pattern. As he explains: ?I approach thi...

    As someone who grew up steeped in the conservative political world of the Evangelical Christian movement in the US, I was continually stunned by the ability (and willingness) of Evangelicals to continue to make excuses for the seemingly un-Christian behavior, attitudes, and rhetoric of...

  • Scott
    Oct 05, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

  • Brandon Rathbun
    Aug 28, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

  • Sandra Reyes
    Jun 12, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

  • J.K. Turner
    Jun 27, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

    I received ?Believe Me? by John Fea as an advanced reading copy from NetGalley. The thing I love most about this book is that it was written by a self-proclaimed evangelical who also happens to be a historian. I love that John Fea used history to back his claims. I found some parts...

    (From an Advanced Reading Copy) John Fea has accomplished what too few historians can do: he has skillfully combined an overview history of his subject with modern events and commentary. Fea truthfully and importantly recognizes that this book took him "beyond history and into soci...

    I had seen John Fea's book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump (2018), featured on Eerdman's Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had never heard of him, but there was enough present in those short social media posts to intrigue me. Fea is an evangelical and chair of the history...

    Sigh. Yet another vastly disingenuous book, from the current paradigm of Advocacy Journalism... yes Advocacy even though the author claims to be an historian. My simplistic view of such advocacy: - Choose a perspective - Find info that supports your perspective - Ignore all evidence...

    I am so glad that evangelical Christians are speaking out about the rot of the movement. I am not an evangelical, but I am a Christian and I cannot understand how anyone can read the Christian texts and support the Trump's rhetoric. I didn't agree with some of Fea's positions (I am pro...

    This book was a tremendous and insightful read. I think Fea does a really good job of showing the weakness of Evangelicals while not getting too critical. The conclusion chapter is worth the book alone. ...

    This book bills itself as a book about the way evangelicals received Trump, by an evangelical; speaking their language, interpreting from the inside, as it were. It was definitely interesting to hear from someone not outright rejecting the evangelical premise, though little of it was r...

    My Rating - Must Read Level - Short, easy read Summary The subtitle kind of says it all. How did Evangelicals so overwhelmingly support Trump (more than any other candidate in history)? He received 81% of self identified Evangelicals. There are people who dispute the support, ...

  • Jared Deame
    Jun 15, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

    I read this book now because Bob Woodward's new book on Trump will be out this week. One of Fea's theme in this book is Trump's platform of fear (which from Woodward's title seems as though it may be a theme in his book as well). What I liked about this book is the Evangelical history...

    Really interesting look at why evangelicals felt like they were voting for the "lesser of two evils". Fea also used many historical references to shed light on how the election of President Trump was in some ways a long time coming. Fea also compares President Trump to President Andrew...

    A fascinating look at the fear and nostalgia that drove the support of Trump by white Evangelicals. Fea does well to include the history of the Evangelical movement and does so more succinctly, and perhaps more effectively, than Fitzgerald?s volume on American Evangelical history. Th...

  • Mike Fendrich
    Aug 15, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...

    As a Christian, I understand that evangelical is a good word to describe me and millions of other Americans who take their faith, the Scriptures and God seriously. However, as I sit here typing this in August of 2018, I cringe when someone lumps me in that group. The word represents so...

  • Shereen Lee
    Mar 01, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

  • Jared Wilson
    Jul 20, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

  • Johanna
    Jul 02, 2018

    I am not sure what surprised me more during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump?s electoral college victory or the overwhelming and unqualified support he received from so many self-professed Evangelicals. I did not understand how a person possessing as blatantly a disreput...

    I've struggled to understand for two years now the (white) evangelical turnabout -- or apparent turnabout, I suppose -- on matters of character, ethics, and witness in relation to the overwhelming support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it ...

    An interesting take on evangelical Christian culture in the U.S., this was a book that presented questions, answers, and yet more questions about the past and future of American religious and political identity. Fea's perspective as an anti-Trump evangelical provides a nuanced analysis...

    Beginning with the obligatory notice that I?m friends with and work with the author, I will say I found John?s historical analysis of fear at the root of much evangelical politics to be compelling and useful. Although he doesn?t go there, for those of us who either grew up in or ...

    On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump won the American presidency. The next day, I heard someone singing. I recognized the tune as the late 19th Century hymn ?Jesus Saves?, but the words sounded off. What should have been ?We have heard the joyful sound / Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!...

    It is said by polsters that 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The question on the minds of many is why? After all, Donald Trump has demonstrated few if any marks of being a Christian, let alone an evangelical. His past is filled with morally dubious activities, ...

    This was a book I was looking forward to for months. I follow John Fea on Twitter and read his blog. His perspective as an evangelical AND historian is one that gives me hope as an evangelical who is tempted to chuck the term "evangelical" altogether. Fea gives a very fast sketch o...

    John Fea gives me (and people like me) permission to think hard about history, to be critical and confidently ant-Trump, while remaining committed to the hope and renewal that *smart* evangelicalism can offer our country. This is a thoughtful book, unpacking the themes of fear, power a...

    This is a book that can be read by the vast majority of evangelicals I know--which makes it perfectly suited to ask the question I wish we had been asking all along. What if we replaced fear with hope? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? The...

    If you are interested in how so many followers of Jesus could possibly vote for a man who is the antithesis of every one of Jesus' teachings, the explanations and long histories of the answers to that are here. The author, an evangelical himself and in fact a professor at a conservativ...

    The book is a evangelical historian's opinion (well-thought out & documented) about how evangelicals (well, white evangelicals) ended up voting for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. The author (John Fea) raises some important issues, specifically dealing with fear-mongering ...

    John Fea uses a thought provoking blend of history, theology and political science to try to make sense of why 81% of his fellow white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, ?a crude-talking, thrice-married, self-proclaimed philanderer and ultra-materialistic businessman?.? The ans...

    I read this book in my continuing quest to understand the 2016 US presidential election. Fea is an evangelical Christian historian. His book helped me understand how Trump convinced evangelicals he was a Christian, despite his many blunders and reports of sexual assault. Trump's immora...

    In John Fea?s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea?s work whi...