Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

by John Fea
Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

by John Fea


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A historian’s discerning, critical take on current American politics

“Believe me” may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trump’s lexicon. Whether about building a wall or protecting a Christian heritage, the refrain has been constant. And to the surprise of many, a good 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, however—and in these pages he explains how we have arrived at this unprecedented moment in American politics. An evangelical Christian himself, Fea argues that the embrace of Donald Trump is the logical outcome of a long-standing evangelical approach to public life defined by the politics of fear, the pursuit of worldly power, and a nostalgic longing for an American past. 

Now in paperback and as insightful as it is timely, Fea’s Believe Me challenges Christians to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802877420
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 930,323
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John Fea is professor of American history at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. His previous books include Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historical Introduction, and he blogs regularly at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Evangelical Politics of Fear 13

2 The Playbook 43

3 A Short History of Evangelical Fear 75

4 The Court Evangelicals 115

5 Make America Great Again 153

Conclusion 179

Postscript to the Paperback Edition 193

Notes 199

Index 227

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