Posted on September 27, 2018 by Chester Ronning Centre

Join us on Thurs. Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Camrose Public Library (4710 50 Ave) for a lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Molly Worthen entitled “Make Sure All Of Your People Vote”: Donald Trump and the Complexity of Evangelicalism in North America

Molly Worthen Lecture – October 18

Join us on Thurs. Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Camrose Public Library (4710 50 Ave) for a lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Molly Worthen entitled “Make Sure All Of Your People Vote”: Donald Trump and the Complexity of Evangelicalism in North America

Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP necessary. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Abstract: When 81% of white evangelical Americans voted for Donald Trump, observers were shocked that so many Christians could support a man who regularly flouts the teachings of Jesus. Yet this political alliance should come as no surprise. Trump’s message and leadership style are consistent with longstanding patterns in evangelical history. His political success shows how American and Canadian evangelicals have diverged, despite their common roots–but evangelical Trumpism also reveals the enduring, and universal, conflict between religious ideals and political power.

Bio: Molly Worthen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses in North American religious and intellectual history. Her most recent book is Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism (2014). She is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.


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