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 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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802876416
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About John Fea

(PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook) is associate professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He is the author of


    Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump Reviews

  • Josh

    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-profes...

  • Jared Wilson

    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 sup...

  • Shereen Lee

    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 politica...

  • Peter Kerry Powers

    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...

  • Jay

    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 of...

  • Daniel

    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 ...

  • Joel Wentz

    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 c...

  • D.L. Mayfield

    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...

  • Robert D. Cornwall

    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 Chr...

  • Joan

    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 wa...