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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals…
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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and… (edizione 2020)

di Kristin Kobes Du Mez (Autore)

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Titolo:Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
Autori:Kristin Kobes Du Mez (Autore)
Info:Liveright (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 368 pages
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Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation di Kristin Kobes Du Mez

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A lot of attention has been paid over the past few years to the rise of the “nones”, those who have no religious affiliation. The numbers of those identifying as white evangelical have been dropping, and, as the title indicates, divides have opened within white evangelicalism that have become impossible to ignore. Regardless of where you fall on the issues discussed, if we are going to understand what has happened and is happening in the white evangelical church one of the major factors we need to understand is why a pattern of aggressive, militant male leadership arose, and what has sustained it. Jesus and John Wayne is an important book to aid in this effort.

General note: Du Mez’s original intended audience was not Christians. It was written o explain the current state of Christianity to non-Christians. It has, however, found a huge audience within Christianity. We similarly hope that this review will be of use regardless of your personal beliefs.

Many theologians, historians, etc., believe that when we say “evangelical” in the United States it has lost most of its theological meaning, and is instead now more cultural. Du Mez would agree with this. She identifies evangelical as a term that refers to associations and to a specific consumer culture. There are thoughtful churches that do not fit the pattern. Unfortunately, the evangelical subculture affects the majority of white evangelical churches to some extent and thus the issues in the pages of this book can be found in many churches that identify as evangelical. Speaking as someone who grew up and has lived most of my life in the evangelical subculture, I found the book to be eye-opening in places, and it helped me make sense of things that I have seen happening over the past 40 or so years.
  Bill.Bradford | Sep 23, 2021 |
Summary: A historical study of how the ideal of rugged masculinity typified by John Wayne influenced the evangelical embrace of authority, gender roles, and conservative, nationalist politics.

This is one of the most intensely discussed books in religious publishing over the past year. Kristen Kobes Du Mez, a Calvin University historian, offers a carefully documented account of the development of authoritarian, patriarchal and “muscular” models of masculinity have invaded evangelical religious subculture and played a vital role in evangelical political engagement.

Her title is drawn from “Jesus and John Wayne,” a 1980’s Christian hit of the Gaither Vocal Band. She traces how Wayne’s muscular and sometimes violent form of masculinity supplanted a the Jesus of the gospels as the evangelical model of masculinity. She traces the fascination with the square-jawed, passionate Billy Graham and the youth leader become family guru Bill Gothard as early figures in this trend, teachers like James Dobson and Tim LaHaye, media figures as diverse as Mel Gibson and Duck Dynasty, and military figures like Oliver North.

This is a movement not only about masculinity but patriarchal gender roles, supported oddly enough by women like Elizabeth Eliot, Phyllis Schlafly, and Marabel Morgan (remember The Total Woman?). Kobes Du Mez traces the influence of the Promise Keepers movement, John Eldredge’s books, Pastor Douglas Wilson, Mark Driscoll, and John Piper in upholding militant masculinity and male control of families. More troubling yet are the connections between this culture, purity teaching, and sexual abuse.

The book also traces the exploitation of this vision of masculinity by the conservative movement from the presidencies of Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. The author challenges the argument advanced by some that only “unchurched” embrace these values. She shows studies that demonstrate high numbers of the most faithful have been equally supportive. She argues that Trump’s rough masculinity appealed to a culture schooled for seventy years on “John Wayne” models of masculinity and helped explain their willingness to overlook his moral flaws and failings.

This is a deeply troubling account, especially since I’ve witnessed the damage of women abused and not protected by the church, and the thwarting of the gifts of women eager to use them to follow Christ. This is an important but uncomfortable book for men in church leadership to read and wrestle with. Many of us have been troubled by the political allegiance of large swaths of evangelicalism with one political party. What this book connected for me is the connection between these allegiances and flawed masculine and gender role ideals. I also found troubling the complicity of much of the Christian bookselling industry in promoting these views.

If I would have any objection, it is that the narrative does not offer counter-examples, including the Christian institution at which the author holds tenure. We hear of the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood but there is no mention of the Council of Biblical Equality. We hear of scholars like Wayne Grudem and John Piper but not of Craig Keener and Aida Besancon Spencer and many others supportive of equal partnership between men and women in marriage and ministry. Nor do we hear of egalitarian churches and ministries, except a passing reference to Beth Moore. Although these movements have not achieved the political influence nor the rank and file embrace of many evangelicals, they offer a counter-narrative that may point the way forward. Many of these operate in what Ross Douthat calls “the evangelical penumbra” and may be increasingly uncomfortable with the identifier “evangelical” for reasons this book makes abundantly clear.

The challenge these groups face, underscored by this book, is to articulate a compelling vision for men and women following Christ, of Christian character and the fruit of the Spirit, lived out in both marriage and ministry partnerships, committed to pursuing the missio dei rather than political influence. Neither the culture of the 1950’s or the 2020’s can help us. Only the real Jesus of the Gospels. ( )
  BobonBooks | Sep 19, 2021 |
My goodness.

Seeing the cumulative reality of patriarchy and machismo in the church, written out so clearly, makes me grieve. I’m glad I read it and am aware. Thank you to the author for trying to help us make sense of how in the world Donald Trump could get so much support from white, evangelical men.

FYI, I was raised in a church denomination that was founded by a woman. I’m Canadian. My wife is the lead pastor at our church. So the last four years in the US (Trump's presidency) has made no sense to me. Now I understand why it made no sense to me.
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  DwaynesBookList | Sep 6, 2021 |
The “paradigm-influencing” book (Christianity Today) that is fundamentally transforming our understanding of white evangelicalism in America.

Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism―or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.”

As acclaimed scholar Kristin Du Mez explains, the key to understanding this transformation is to recognize the centrality of popular culture in contemporary American evangelicalism. Many of today’s evangelicals might not be theologically astute, but they know their VeggieTales, they’ve read John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart, and they learned about purity before they learned about sex―and they have a silver ring to prove it. Evangelical books, films, music, clothing, and merchandise shape the beliefs of millions. And evangelical culture is teeming with muscular heroes―mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of “Christian America.” Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done.

Challenging the commonly held assumption that the “moral majority” backed Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020 for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Trump in fact represented the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals’ most deeply held values: patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community. A much-needed reexamination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, Jesus and John Wayne shows that, far from adhering to biblical principles, modern white evangelicals have remade their faith, with enduring consequences for all Americans. (Publisher's Comments)

“Paradigm-influencing. . . A very readable page-turner.”
―Scot McKnight, Christianity Today

“Jesus and John Wayne is a tour-de-force indictment of the white evangelical cult of masculinity.”
―Michael Rea, Salon

“[N]ot only one of the most important books on religion and the 2016 elections but one of the most important books on post-1945 American evangelicalism published in the past four decades.”
―Jon Butler, Church History

“In her smart, deftly argued book, historian Du Mez delves into white evangelicals’ militantly patriarchal expressions of faith and their unwavering support for libertine President Donald Trump. Du Mez, a professor at Calvin University, clearly explicates the way the “evangelical cult of masculinity” has played out over decades.”
―The National Book Review
  staylorlib | Jul 18, 2021 |
A good read, but I really wish there would good examples of Godly men to follow. William Wilberforce is a great example of a Godly man who has conviction and wants to protect people, but does so in a non-violent way. As a general rule, I don't like it when books point out all the problems without pointing out the good or at least spending time to suggest ways that good could be produced.

Still very informative though, which is why it gets 4 stars. ( )
  mst3k4L | Jun 8, 2021 |
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The path that ends with John Wayne as an icon of Christian masculinity is strewn with a colorful cast of characters, from the original cowboy president to a baseball-player-turned-preacher to a singing cowboy and a dashing young evangelist. (Chapter 1)
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