Oct 13, 2021Wako rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
As someone who grew up Evangelical, I found that one of the movement’s greatest weaknesses is its lack of memory and tradition. Many Evangelicals may take umbrage with that statement, but in comparison to the variegated tapestry that is the Christian faith, Evangelicalism is young, sectarian, and highly oppositional in nature, and devoid of historical grounding. These qualities allow the movement to easily become coopted by seemingly related political agendas, time and again. In Jesus and John Wayne Du Mez does a wonderful job of documenting this process through the politicization of Evangelicalism. Your take on this phenomenon, whether its a positive or negative, will depend largely upon where you stand vis-à-vis Evangelicalism. Like it or not, this has become an intrinsic aspect of NA American Evangelicalism, and Du Mez historical analysis an essential resource for anyone trying to make sense of this political movement. The study is cogent and sobering, and a bit disheartening.