Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump

Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump

by Angela Denker


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Winner of a 2019 Foreword INDIES Award Silver Medal

Donald Trump, a thrice-married, no-need-of-forgiveness, blustery billionaire who rarely goes to church, won more Evangelical Christian votes than any candidate in history on his way to winning the 2016 US presidential election. Veteran journalist Angela Denker set out to uncover why, traveling the United States for a year, meeting the people who support Trump, and listening to their rationale.

In Red State Christians, readers will get an honest look at the Christians who gave the presidency to the unlikeliest candidate of all time. From booming, wealthy Orange County megachurches to libertarian farmers in Missouri to a church in Florida where the pastors carry guns to an Evangelical Arab American church in Houston to conservative Catholics on the East Coast--the picture she paints of them is enlightening, at times disturbing, but always empathetic. A must-read for those hoping to truly understand how Donald Trump became president.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506449081
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 309
Sales rank: 178,308
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Angela Denker is a Lutheran pastor and veteran journalist. She's written for many publications, including Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and Sojourners.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Christian Nationalism and Fourth of July Church in Dallas, Texas 7

2 He Will Save the Supreme Court: Abortion 41

3 God and Guns 57

4 Bibles and Boob Jobs: The Money and Influence of Orange County Christians 79

5 Young, Free-Thinking, and Pro-Trump: Midwestern Farm Families in Rural Missouri 107

6 Winners and Losers: Trump, Football, and Christianity 123

7 The Evangelical Intelligentsia: What about "Establishment" Christians? 147

8 Evangelical Women and Donald Trump: Who's Grabbing Whom? 167

9 Less Conservative, More Consequential: Rural Rust Belt Red State Christians in Appalachia and Central Pennsylvania 193

10 Conservative Catholics: Building a New American Kingdom and Defying the Pope 215

11 Red State Arabs: Christians, Muslims, and Evangelicals in Houston 245

12 On the Border: Donald Trump and Latinx Christians 265

Conclusion 287

Acknowledgments 297

Notes 303

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