The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2020
*** Our 2020 Book of the Year!!!
Jesus and John Wayne:
How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith
and Fractured a Nation
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Hardback: Liveright Books, 2020
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In an absolutely devastating closing chapter (titled “Evangelical Mulligans”) Du Mez traces many accounts of the all-too-frequent public failings of prominent evangelical leaders, and the knee-jerk efforts of those in similar positions of power to defend them while invalidating the abused. After reading Du Mez’s account of the previous century, the connections become abundantly clear. “Those lamenting evangelicals’ apparent betrayal of ‘family values’ fail to recognize that evangelical family values have always entailed assumptions about sex and power.” (277) For those interested in exposing and dismantling those assumptions, or even those who simply want to understand how they gained prominence in the white evangelical landscape, Jesus and John Wayne is an absolute must-read, a stunning work, and one that deserves serious attention and further conversation.
– from our review by ERB contributor Joel Wentz
*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with the author about this book: