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|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
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Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump Reviews
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I thought that this book was a really interesting analysis of the evangelical right and their interest and support for Trump. I thought it was an interesting addition to the literature about the increasing divide happening in the United States and the "explain how the hell we got here" - with other books such as "Hillbilly Elegy" by JD Vance. That said, I think other books are better. This has some writing issues, and doesn't ...more
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 support for now-President Donald Trump. As a child of the 80's I recall how adamantly it was ground into us that "character matters," that principle trumps party (pardon the pun). Well, John Fea's book is an accessible, thoughtful, and deft analysis of the deep, deep roots of nationalism, racism, and m ...more
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
John Fea’s book, Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, is helpful because Fea is an evangelical Christian himself. He dedicates his book to the 19 percent of evangelicals who did not vote for Donald Trump, including, obviously, himself. This 19 percent have not received the publicity of the 81 percent who did, and his book provides insight from one of that minority.
Fea’s book sheds light on why a man who, to many, epitomizes what a Christian isn’t, was, nevertheless, voted into the ...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
In "Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump" John Fea traces the history of Evangelicalism to attempt to figure out how it was possible for such a large percentage of Evangelical voters to cast their votes for someone like Trump, whose character flaws were disqualifying in any candidate before him. Fea concludes that fear was the main factor in Evangelicals voting the way they did. In and of itself, that isn't a new idea, but where Fea shines is in his analysis of how fear has influence ...more
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? The lust for power with the quest for humility? Nostalgia with accurate history? These are deep questions with incredible theological and ethical implications, the likes of which we need to see teased out more in the public sector. But I was very impressed at Fea's ability to look evangelicalism's ...more
In John Fea’s new book Believe Me, he argues that the issues of fear, power, and nostalgia have been present throughout the history of white evangelicals in America and thus have contributed to the rise of Donald Trump as president. I first became acquainted with Dr. Fea’s work while I was pursuing my master’s in the history of Christianity, and I especially appreciated his book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? over the course of my studies in American Christianity. This new book conti ...more