Believe me may be the most commonly used phrase in Donald Trumps 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 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. In the process, Fea challenges his fellow believers to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history....
|Title||:||Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump|
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Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump Reviews
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 immorality was ignored because he had the right policy proposals. Evangelicals were grasping political power and Trump seemed to be the answer.
This action was not something new. Fea says the election was “the latest mani ...more
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 of the politics of fear, along with the theology of fear, that has formed the evangelical movement and brings us to WHY 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016.
But Fea also offers some ideas for a way ...more
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 of history to be a bit boring, but interesting at the same time because it all tied together in the end. What was so shocking to me was to find out that 81% of white evangelicals actually voted for Donald Trump. That ...more
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. This is certainly a worthwhile read for anyone wanting more background on the theology and political worldview of many conservative Evangelicals.
My Rating - Must Read
Level - Short, easy read
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, due to the self identified label and have found that people who attend among those who attend church weekly, the support drops to 40's. However, Fea is a historian, and clearly knows that we as Evangelicals are now tied to Tru ...more
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 revelatory to me as someone with more than a cursory knowledge of both American politics and right-wing zealots. However, I found that ultimately, whether because of his evangelical roots, blindspots due to his part ...more
(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 social criticism," but this makes the book all the more powerful in the post-2016 election world. Readers who are familiar with his blog or his other books will recognize Fea's other specialties woven throughout the book, ...more