White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

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University of North Carolina Press
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7.7 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Anthea Butler is professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Show[s] how evangelicals' contemporary embrace of right-wing politics is rooted in its centuries-long problem with race. This scathing takedown of evangelicalism's 'racism problem' will challenge evangelicals to confront and reject racism within church communities."--Publishers Weekly

A concise history of the racism that structures white evangelical Christianity in America. . . . [The] clear and forceful synthesis provides a useful entry point for evangelicals and non-evangelicals alike seeking to learn the history and contemporary reality of white evangelical political power in the United States."--Library Journal

[Butler's] ability to weave together history, personal experience, and contemporary reflection in such a cohesive and approachable manner makes White Evangelical Racism stand out. . . . By critiquing and unequivocally condemning White evangelical racism while also acknowledging another evangelical lineage, Butler presents masterful critique while still providing space for a much-needed nuance often missed when speaking about the tradition in America as a whole."--The Christian Century

By placing before us a truer narrative of where we are, even as policies of voter suppression are undertaken by self-described Christians in elected office across the country, Anthea Butler has given us a gift of discernment."--Chapter 16

Dr. Anthea Butler offers a succinct and compelling analysis of evangelicalism's racist roots. While some have argued that evangelical racism began in the Trump era, and have loudly cried, 'Not all evangelicals!' Butler gives ample evidence that racism has always been a cornerstone of evangelicalism. . . . Butler's invitation to look, to see, and most importantly to change, is one that we must accept."--Englewood Review of Books

Butler's work can be the beginning of a deep dive into the subject but it can also be read by anyone who wants to see below the surface tension of Black Lives Matter for example. Racism can be and is individual. It is also deftly institutional. You won't hear the words 'color blind' the same way again after reading Butler's timely volume. I highly recommend it."--By Common Consent

Butler offers a glimpse at the key power players, institutions, and politicians that shaped the religious right and the Republican party into the White-centered, pseudo-Christian voting bloc that it is today. . . . This book is a significant resource for understanding the non-neutrality and intentional formation of White evangelicals' racism, and by extension, moral politics. As democracy itself is in danger under the gerrymandering leadership of self-proclaimed Christian leaders in the Republican party, this book is an important read to help distinguish the spiritual from the political, as well as to shine a light on the entanglement of faith, politics, and power."--Christians for Social Action

Showcases Butler's prophetic voice. . . . Butler's synthesis is of great value."--Reading Religion

Those who claim the name Evangelical should consider Butler's work very carefully."--CHOICE

White Evangelical Racism has dropped a bomb on the playground of many historians of evangelicalism who have been insufficiently attentive to their subjects' history, specifically to their racism and nationalism from the nineteenth century to the present."--American Religion